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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    MORENCI pep rallies generally end with a tug of war. The senior class entry, shown above, did not advance to the finals. Griffin Grieder, Alaina Webster, Kyle Long and Jazmin Smith are shown at the front of the rope, giving it their best effort.
  • Accident
    FAYETTE resident Patricia Stambaugh, 64, was declared dead on the scene of a single-vehicle accident Friday morning south of Morenci. Rescue units were called around 9 a.m., but as of Tuesday, law enforcement officers had not yet determined the time of the accident. According to Ohio State Highway Patrol, Stambaugh was driving west on U.S. 20 when her Chevrolet Malibu traveled off the north side of the road and down a steep embankment, coming to rest in Bean Creek (Tiffin River).
  • Athletic Fields
    SPORTS COMPLEX—Fayette’s outdoor athletic facilities will include three ball fields for summer recreation leagues at the southwest corner of the school. The baseball and softball fields, along with the running track, will be constructed on the east side of the school. Outdoor athletic fields were not part of the new school project from 2007, but voters approved a $1.4 million levy for a school addition and the sports fields last August. Both projects are scheduled to be complete by July 20.
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    PRESCHOOL MUSIC—Fayette band director Jeffrey Dunford spends the last half hour of the day leading the full-day preschool class in musical activities. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    TROMBONISTS Jake Myers (left) and Max Baker perform Friday at the annual Senior Citizens Luncheon at Fayette High School. The National Honor Society and the FFA chapter teamed up to serve a meal to area seniors and to provide musical entertainment. Both the school band and choir performed. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    STRANGE STUFF—Morenci Elementary School students learn that blue isn’t really blue when seen through the right color of lens. Volunteer April Pike presents the lesson to students at one of the many stations brought to the school by the COSI science center. The theme of this year’s visit was the solar system.
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    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.

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