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Marietta schools levy meetings ahead

March 30, 2011
From staff reports

The committee backing the Marietta City school district's bid for a five-year, 6.21-mill operating levy has scheduled a series of town hall meetings in April.

"We just want to have plenty of opportunities for the public to ask the questions they need to ask and get all the information," said Wendy Myers, Marietta Board of Education member.

The April meetings follow a series of question-and-answer sessions held at the district's elementary schools and middle school. The last of these is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday at Harmar Elementary.

The first town hall is planned for 7 p.m. April 6, in the Graham Auditorium at Washington State Community College.

The April 11 session will be at 7 p.m. at the Marietta Township Recreation and Parks Building, 160 Sandhill Road, the former Reno school.

The third meeting is slated for 7 p.m. April 19, at Marietta College's McDonough Auditorium.

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What's ahead

Town hall meetings:

7 p.m. April 6, Washington State Community College, Graham Auditorium.

7 p.m. April 11, Marietta Township Recreation and Parks Building, 160 Sandhill Road, Reno.

7 p.m. April 19, Marietta College, McDonough Auditorium.

The levy will cost the owner of property assessed at $100,000 a total of $190.27 a year. It will raise $2.75 million a year.

That money will go to operating expenses for the district. Without it, the district would be placed under fiscal caution by the state Department of Education if its five-year forecast does not change by October.

On Monday, Superintendent Bruce Thomas recommended to the board of education that, if the levy passes, they add five positions to restore some classes and services lost to budget cuts in recent years. Among those would be a foreign language teacher at the high school, where Spanish is the only foreign language being taught.

If the levy does not pass, the board has already approved $1.45 million in cuts. Under that plan, nine teaching positions and 14 non-academic positions would be lost, along with busing for high school students and the annual graduation ceremony at Marietta College.



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