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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    CARRYING—Riley Terry (blue jacket) and Mason Vaughn lead the way, carrying an empty casket outside to the hearse waiting at the curb. Morenci juniors and seniors visited Eagle Funeral Home last week to learn about the role of a funeral director and to understand the process of arranging for a funeral.
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    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.
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    NEW OFFICES—Fayette village administrator Steve Blue speaks with tax administrator Genna Biddix at the new front desk of the village office. Village council members voted to use budgeted renovation funds targeted for the old office and instead buy the vacant bank building on the corner of Main and Fayette streets. The old office was sold to Sherwood State Bank. When everything is put into place in the spacious new village office, an open house will be scheduled. Council member David Wheeler donated all of his time needed to make changes in the bank interior to fit the Village’s needs.

Morenci school cuts suggested 2013.03.27

Written by David Green.

Morenci Board of Education members have heard many suggestions about ways to save money and stay out of debt.

Morenci Superintendent of Schools Michael Osborne will present his suggestions to the board in the coming weeks and then board members will face the tough job of deciding what to do. The administration has set a goal of trimming an additional $250,000 from the budget.

Following are some of the ideas the board is considering. No decisions have yet been made.

 

Administration

Join a health care consortium

Have the business office services provided by the Lenawee ISD

Use personnel through retire/rehire

Reduce the use of the Hudson administrative assistant

Refinance the existing bond

Use a K-12 principal

Use a combined superintendent/principal

 

Athletics

Reduce the number of coaches

Cut back on athletic transportation

Cut golf and wrestling

 

Maintenance

Clean the buildings every other day

Lawn care done by volunteers

Reduce the use of air conditioning

Use a janitorial service for the elementary school

Reduce the use of lights

Hire a consultant to suggest ways to reduce power usage

 

Transportation

Reduced or no cross-town busing

Reduce hours of mechanic

Stop interschool mail delivery

 

Basic education

Early retirement incentive

Purchasing fewer text books

Adjust scheduling in the middle and high school

Move grade five to the elementary school

Don’t replace retirees

Contract concessions (80% of school spending is for personnel)

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