During the course of the public debate on the necessity of a Voted Local Levy in the Morgan School District, we often times forget the larger picture of the financial struggles faced by the state and most districts. State Superintendent of Schools Martell Menlove stated in a community meeting in Morgan County last month that Morgan School District is not alone in facing financial challenges when it comes to balancing their budgets this year. A quick review of the state’s newspapers and television stations and you will see many headlines, news stories and editorials dealing with school finance. One example can be found on the editorial page of the Sunday, June 2, issue of the Ogden Standard Examiner.
I am a Morgan County resident and taxpayer, a father with children currently in Morgan schools, and a recently-appointed member of the Morgan School Board. I will vote in favor of the Voted Local Levy as I believe it is the best option for our current situation.
I met Katelyn Braithwaite in September 2012 at the library, where she had two collection boxes. One was for school supplies and the other for children’s books. Impressed with her ambition and curious about the results of her efforts, I needed to find out what would drive such a young girl to do such big things. I discovered that great examples and determination played a major role in her accomplishments.
Utah’s official fire season begins and the open burning season officially ends each year on May 31. Fire danger will increase rapidly as warmer and drier weather develops. So far, tests are showing that despite the rainy spring, moisture levels in grassy fuels are below average. So far this spring, several debris burns have blown out of control, escaped and become wildfires burning private and public land. As of June 1, open burning is prohibited without a permit.
The Marie McQuiddy Daley Softball Tournament is held in honor of our courageous mother, daughter, relative and friend. Please come cheer on teams and enjoy the day with us. The tournament will take place this Saturday, June 15 at the Wilkinson Rec Plex. For more information contact Audrey Peterson or Tara Hammer.
The Morgan County Library has started signups for families and individuals to participate in the Summer Reading Program. The library encourages everyone to participate from babes in arms to 100-year-olds and even beyond, the library staff laughed as they realized there really are library patrons older than this.
Havala May Rich and Mason Thomas Wright are to be married June 15, 2013. Their parents Stephen & Lynelle Rich, Chad & Marya Wright, and Jean & Anna Middleton are celebrating that evening at a reception given in Mason’s and Havala’s honor.
Kurt and Angi Bryant are happy to announce the marriage of their daughter Savanna to Hayden Roney son of Park and Stephanie Roney. Savanna and Hayden will be married June 21, 2013, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.
The Morgan Valley Marathon has been a dream in the making for the past few years. The idea of a marathon in Morgan began among a group of friends who love to run the roads of the beautiful Morgan Valley.
Ragnar Relay Series and its original Ragnar Wasatch Back event is expected to bring some 17,500 runners, 1,500 teams and record crowds to the region for its first three-day, two-race event in the company’s history.
Morgan Storm U-11 girls team, comprised of local Morgan county players, swept first place honors in the silver division of the Wasatch Classic played in Layton/Kaysville during the Memorial day weekend.
On Saturday, June 1 4-H and FFA members from around the county and surrounding areas gathered at the Morgan County Fairgrounds for the June Livestock Show. Students from grades 3 to 12 presented show steers and lambs to be judged in market and showmanship classes. In the market classes, the animals were put into groups based on their weight and were judged on their build and the quality of the animal. In the showmanship classes, students were divided by grade into senior, intermediate and junior showmanship groups. The students were then judged on their knowledge and ability to handle their animal and their animal’s appearance and behavior.
The Agriculture Science Department has been busy this spring! If you have driven past Morgan Elementary School you may have noticed some new benches and ground cover in the far corner of the elementary playground.
Summer is always such a great time of year. In education, summer signals a time for celebration. At this time of year we celebrate the end of another successful school year, the excitement for a change of pace, and the collective pride as a group of young adults graduate and start adventures of their own. Summertime in education is also frequently a time to say professional goodbyes to colleagues who are leaving our schools.
In January the school board invited former Rich County School Superintendent, Christine Kearl to coach them on how to pass the Voted Local Levy. She said the key to passing the tax increase was to “focus your whole campaign and approach on the kids, not teachers and their jobs.”
As I have researched school district finance during the past few months, I have come to the decision to actively support the voted local levy. We have great students, parents and teachers in Morgan County who have made education a priority. Our CRT scores prove a high level of proficiency in language arts and science comparable to districts that are spending double per student annually. Some may argue that if we are meeting our basic educational goals and even beyond, why would we want to increase funding?
TSgt Darrin Sather, on active duty with the USAF, recently returned from South Korea to his home in Mtn. Green. He not only received an emotional and heartwarming welcome from his wife Eleanor and their children Jackson, Alli and Julian but our local Boy Scouts from Troop 576 under Scout Master Carl Hipwell posted about 70 American flags on their street and driveway. Darrin and his son Jackson later participated in the Scouts Court of Honor and Darrin was our guest speaker. Welcome Home Darrin!
Fire officials are issuing a strong caution as warmer weather arrives. Several field clearing and debris burns in Morgan, Summit, Salt Lake, Uintah, San Juan and Grand counties have escaped, requiring action by fire fighters. Fire managers say these fires were all preventable and they recommend taking some simple precautions to safely and successfully burn.
Five- to 8-year-olds had the chance to pledge their heads, hearts, hands and health to themselves and others on May 28-29 at the first annual Cloverbud 4-H Camp. 4-H has been an important organization in Morgan County for over 100 years and now younger kids have the opportunity to be involved. The group met at the Morgan County Courthouse for their activities during this day camp that lasted two days.
Sauce on your face is no disgrace at The Rib Shack, a restaurant with successful runs in both South Ogden and Syracuse that is set to open this summer in Morgan. The establishment specializes in ribs, chicken, pulled pork and brisket with all the fixings.
It was standing room only in the Morgan City offices for a town hall meeting with six resident panelists prepared to offer options to the voted local levy.
Jim Bledsoe, a four-year county resident who plans to vote against the levy, acted as moderator. The panelists included the following four residents, who are all planning to vote against the levy: Brent Anderson, local businessman; John Barber, who operated Barber Brothers Ford for 14 years; Kera Birkeland, small business owner; Joe McFarland, father of four children who have gone through Morgan schools.
Panelist Tina Cannon, a tax professional and mother of four, said she is undecided on how she will vote on June 25’s ballot. Panelist Jennie Earl, a 10-year resident with a master’s degree in elementary education, did not want to comment on if she was pro- or anti-levy.
Unit 576 conducted their father and son overnight campout and scout court of honor in the small amphitheater and park recently established behind their church building next to the Mountain Green cemetery.