Marion Local Schools banking on levy to give students more options

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Maria Stein, Ohio (WDTN) – Election day is just weeks away and the Marion Local School District is trying to pass a levy that would lead to significant upgrades. 

The 8.4 mill levy equates to about 16 million dollars.

The taxpayer money would fund new construction around the schools’ campus. Specifically an auditorium, a gym, and better space to support FFA and farm sciences. 

Superintendent Mike Pohlman says this plan took four years to develop. 

“A lot of community members came to me with a lot of concerns. We decided to look at all these concerns and put them together. Let’s see if we can get this into one facility,” said Pohlman. 

If the levy passes, a homeowner with an average home value of $100,000 would pay $297 a year. 

The school does not have an auditorium and has a small gym. In the high school gym behind the curtain, there is additional seating that can be moved for school plays. 

Chicken coops and farm science projects can be found scattered about because they don’t have much space to support the students and their needs. 

“The community need has changed over the last 30 years. Now there is a larger amount of groups that want to use the gym,” said Pohlman. 

There are a few homes near the school with signs encouraging people to vote no. 2 NEWS knocked on doors and no one answered. 

Still, Pohlman is well aware people need their questions answered. 

“We’ve had two community meetings and our third one is coming up October 14th. This Sunday at 7 pm at the high school gym. Get the correct information so you can be an informed voter,” said Pohlman. 

Marion Local Schools has students that live in Darke, Mercer and Auglaize counties. 

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