Full steam ahead for bond issue Voters will be asked to approve $2.7 million

January 28, 2016

By John Raffel

The Marion Board of Education passed a motion to move ahead with a school millage bond proposal in May.
The date will be May 3.

The district will be asking for 1.7 mills and about $2.7 million, Marion superintendent Mort Meier said. The money is designed for building improvements and upgrades for both buildings.

There will also be some sports facilities improvements.

“We will rework the grandstands for the football, seating, the concession stand and work on the baseball field in terms of grading, elevation and water, drainage, that kind of thing,” Meier said.

Meier recalled the district had ask for $5.2 million last May and the request didn’t pass.

“It was on the same ballot as the state road tax,” Meier said. “Of 29 districts throughout the state that went for a bond proposal that day, 18 of them failed. I can imagine people just went in there and were saying ‘nope nope, nope.’”

Meier acknowledged that it was his and the school board’s thinking that if they would go back to the voters again, they would have to come up with a different proposal.

“We listened to the community and retooled our proposal, so to speak,” Meier said.

A committee to promote passage of the vote through advertising and other means is in the works. As of last week, it had not yet been formed, Meier indicated. But there was a Vote Yes Committee for the last election.

“They made very positive contributions,” Meier said.

January has been School Board recognition month and Meier said tribute was paid to the board at last week’s meeting.
Board elections were conducted and the same officers were re-elected: Monica Cox as president, Greg Salisbury as vice president, Courtney Wilson as secretary and Alicia Michell as treasurer.

The next meeting will be 6 p.m. on Feb. 9 at the elementary library.

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