Board VP hopes bond issue passes

April 28, 2016

Greg Salisbury, Marion BOE Vice President.

Greg Salisbury, Marion BOE Vice President.

By John Raffel

Greg Salisbury is Vice President of a Marion Board of Education that is promoting next week’s special bond issue for the school district.

The voters will be asked to approve a bond proposal that would provide $2.7 million for projects at the elementary and junior/senior high school. The district has said the bond proposal would provide three new busses, add security hardware, add exterior doors and have barrier-free updates at restrooms and lockerrooms. It would also replace the junior/senior high school backup boiler, have new temperature controls throughout both buildings and have new heating units in the 1992 high school addition.

It would also mean improved technology infrastructure and improved communication infrastructure between the schools.
“What (voters) need to do is think about our kids first when they go in and vote and how we would like to upgrade some stuff with some of the building parts and technology, and they should think about the kids and what this can do for them to help them get a better education and be more proud of their school,” Salisbury said.

Salisbury is in the second of a six-year term on the board, and has been on a total of 7 ½ years and vice president for four years.

He’s a Marion native and is a sales engineer.

As a school board member, “originally, I just wanted to help out the kids and the community because it’s my hometown, and I grew up here. My kids were entering into the school, so I just wanted to help out the school district and the community.”
Salisbury added that “the biggest thing people don’t realize is how tight the budgets are and what we’re facing year after year on the budget. We have a really good staff here that’s been really enjoyable to work with. We want to keep the school moving forward and do good things for the kids.”

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