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Marietta BOE talks levy renewal, school calendar

Superintendent Will Hampton discusses the partnership with Boys and Girls Club of Washington County at the Marietta City School District Board meeting on Monday evening. (Photo by James Dobbs)

Marietta City School District Board of Education discussed renewal of levies, school calendar, and partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Washington County at its Monday evening meeting.

District Treasurer Frank Antill explained how the levies work to the new board members.

He said the permanent improvement levy has been renewed ever since it passed and was most recently renewed in 2017. Both the permanent improvement levy and the current expense levy are both renewals and pass very well, he said.

“It’s not new taxes on anybody, it’s not like people are paying any additional, it’s what they are currently paying,” said Antill.

The permanent renewal levy is for permanent improvements to the district including text books, school buses, technology, and building renovations.

Frank Antill, treasurer, discusses levies at the Marietta City School District Board meeting. (Photo by James Dobbs)

The board unanimously approved the two renewal levies to be put on the ballot of the May 3 primary election.

During the citizen forum, Mark Weihl and Tom Fenton spoke out against Superintendent Will Hampton. They both discussed the renewal of Hampton’s contract as superintendent and reviewed his job performance. Weihl discussed a dip in enrollment, fiscal responsibility, and academic performance under Hampton’s leadership.

“Our three new board members are being tasked with making this difficult decision, for the first time on a school board, it’s not one that’s to be taken lightly,” said Weihl.

A memorandum of understanding was added to the consent agenda. Hampton said this is a way to help the community outside of school. He said this memorandum offers two hours of morning care for kids at the Boys and Girls Club of Washington County. He said at the beginning of the school year there was no place for childcare in the morning.

“I’m really excited about this partnership,” he said.

The consent agenda passed.

Athletic Director Cody Venderlic discussed the change of school sports leagues. He said the school is leaving the East Central Ohio League at the end of the year. He discussed the forming of a new league between Marietta, Point Pleasant, Fort Frye, and Warren called the Twin State League. Board member Russ Garrison suggested putting the league discussion on the agenda of the next board meeting.

Hampton said the calendar committee has put together two drafts for the next calendar year. He hopes to present the calendar at the board meeting in February.

The board decided that Stacey Hall would continue as the representative of the Washington County Career Center.

The next Marietta City School District Board of Education meeting will be held on Feb. 28 at 6 p.m.

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