Morenci school bond proposal 4.30

Written by David Green.

Leave it as it is and get a lot of important work accomplished.

That’s what Morenci Board of Education members are asking from voters next Tuesday. By leaving the existing millage rate in place for the next five years, the school will be able to generate $1.4 million for maintenance needs at the two older school buildings.

If the bond proposal fails, the millage rate from the middle school construction project will begin to decrease at an average of less than $40 a year for the owner of a $100,000 home, or about 11 cents a day.

Business owner Adam Johnson—a member of a committee working for passage of the proposal—walked through the 50-year-old elementary school and 40-year-old high school to get a first-hand look at the problems.

“If we don’t do it now, it’s going to become more expensive,” Johnson said, noting that the work has to be done at some point.

“If we don’t pay for it through this bond proposal, it’s going to subtract from our fund equity. If that goes down, it’s going to seriously impact the education of our kids.”

Johnson sees the proposal as a painless way to cover the expenses since no one will pay any more than they’re already paying.

Johnson said he heard from one citizen who was concerned that money might not be spent as intended. That’s not a valid concern, he said, because the state treasurer’s office closely audits spending...

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    GAMES DAY—Finn Molitierno (right) celebrates a goal during a game of Nok Hockey with his sister, Kyla. The two tried out a variety of games Saturday at Stair District Library’s annual International Games Day event. One of the activities featured a sort of scavenger hunt in which participants had to locate facts presented in the Smithsonian Hometown Teams exhibit. The traveling show left Morenci’s library Tuesday, wrapping up a series of programs that began Oct. 2. Additional photos are on page 7.
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    MORENCI Marching Band member Brittany Dennis keeps the beat Friday during the half-time show of the Morenci/Pittsford football game. Color guard member Jordan Cordts is at the left. The band performed this season under the direction of Doyle Rodenbeck who served as Morenci’s band director in the 1970s. He’s serving as a substitute during a family leave.
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    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.

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