The Mariemont City Schools Board of Education honored the community process for the Mariemont High School Master Facility Plan and the Community Financial Advisory Committee on Monday by unanimously approving to place a combined 2.5-mil operating and 5.75-mill permanent improvement issue on the November 6, 2018 ballot.
Following the approval of the final budget and scope of the facility plan at the May meeting, the board sought and received certification from the Hamilton County auditor. The new vote sets in motion the process to have the issue placed on the November 6, 2018 ballot.
“Tonight’s vote to proceed by the board was an important final step by the district to listen to residents and what they want to see in a solution to the district’s operating and facility challenges” said Superintendent Steven Estepp. “Our residents have spent nearly two years looking at these challenges from every angle. We have worked hard and found the best solution possible for both our students and our community. Now this decision is in the hands of the voters.”
The combined issue is expected to meet both the day-to-day operating and facility needs of all schools across the district for the next four years. The operating request, which is the lowest millage amount in the district’s history, covers expenses such as teachers, utilities and supplies. The permanent improvement funds would generate an estimated $43 million to address the renovations at the high school as well as provide security enhancements and other ongoing maintenance needs at the other schools in the district.
“Having the auditor certify our request is a big vote of confidence for the district” said Treasurer and CFO Tom Golinar. “It tells us that we are on track with our calculations and forecasts and solidifies our request for funds moving forward.”
To learn more about this important ballot issue, please visit the district’s Frequently Asked Questions page on the Levy Information section of the website at www.mariemontschools.org.