Citizens for Responsibility
Save our 3 Marlington community elementary buildings!
Issue 3 failed by a 55.57% to 44.43% margin. The majority of Marlington voters again have indicated that they do not support the District leadership's plan for a consolidated elementary. Voters quite obviously believe that there are other reasonable and attainable options to improve and repair the buildings we already have. It is no secret that this issue has been a very divisive one. The common ground of both sides is the acknowledgement that our elementary buildings have need of improvements and repairs. It is time for District leaders to seize upon that common ground, and pursue a plan to meet the buildings' needs - a plan which the community will come together to support.
Our elementary schools
Lexington Township - 24.71 square miles
Marlboro Township - 36.45 square miles
Washington Township - 30.77 square miles
Click above to read detailed information about the financial woes of neighboring districts with new school buildings. Do we want the same fate for Marlington?
Information about this new Ohio law was brought to light by a private citizen through her own research. Why did District officials not announce this valuable and game-changing news? Click above to learn about this new law.
Click above to see the latest cuts Waterloo is facing. Their elementary school consolidation hasn't produced the rosy financial situation they expected.
Click above to learn about the status of the NEXUS pipeline, as well as important information about the District's supposed plan for the money.
The NEXUS pipeline in the Marlington Administration building!
Marlington leaders said nothing publicly about the NEXUS pipeline project until members of the public exposed it in February 2017. However, this photo was taken in the administration office in very early 2017. It shows the path the pipeline will take through the Marlington District. Even while district officials downplayed the pipeline news once exposed, having a wall dedicated to it seems to indicate that they've been counting on that money for quite some time.
Click above to learn about Marlington's share of the NEXUS pipeline revenue - projected to exceed $14,000,000 pro-rated over the first five years of operation!
Click above to learn how local schools will share $270 million per year from the oil and natural gas industry.
Click above to learn about the repair and new construction estimates. Are the estimates reliable? You decide.
Click above to read details of a Marlington taxpayer's outline of just one way that improvements can be made to our three elementary buildings AND the High School in a much more affordable way.
Click above to learn the facts about asbestos, a naturally-occurring earth mineral.
Will Marlington face busing cuts and combined bus routes (K-12) as some nearby school districts have after new building construction? Click above for some points to consider.
Youngstown City Schools has decided to go BACK to neighborhood schools. Click here to find out why.
Click above to learn about concerns which were cited by the administration as rationale for new buildings during the 2012 levy campaign and still are being cited as needs for this 2018 building bond issue.
Click above to read why our elementary students deserve the best security whether they are in a 65-year-old building or a brand-new one.
Do you wonder how Marlington is spending your taxpayer money? Click on the link above for directions on how to navigate OhioCheckbook.com to learn about all expenditures of the Marlington Local School District for fiscal years 2013 - 2016.
Spreadsheets of Marlington expenditures for FY13 - FY16
Click above to view Marlington's 5-year forecast, which was approved by the Marlington Board of Education at the October 20, 2016 meeting and submitted to The Ohio Department of Education as required by Ohio law.
Would you like to know how the District spent the $525,000 permanent improvement money which is generated yearly by your tax dollars? Click above to learn!
Click above to read why Marlington residents oppose a 20-year $17,000,000 (+ interest) bond levy which will destroy our three community elementary buildings and replace these valuable resources with one consolidated 1,100-student elementary building.
Click above to learn about the legality of using public funds to support the passage of a school levy or bond issue.
Click here to read how state legislators have confirmed that we were right (again) when we said this bond issue would hurt our local "cry-baby" farmers.
Click above for the results of a telephone survey which was conducted after the Board had cast two votes in the process of placing the issue on the ballot. The District paid $12,650 to a New Orleans firm to survey 400 Marlington residents.
Click above for the 11 "reasons" that were given during the District's "survey" for building a new elementary school, along with a different perspective on each issue which should be considered by voters.
Click above to learn why Carolyn Gabric voted "no" on the superintendent's contract renewal. Did some board members act illegally?
The pro-new building group used the “The Time is Now” slogan for the 2012 and 2013 bond issue campaigns. Click above to view screenshots.
Have you considered these additional facts about the effects of Issue 3? Click above to see.
A reporter from The Alliance Review submitted questions to find out more about our group. Perhaps you would like to know more about us as well. Click above to learn about this diverse group of Marlington citizens.
Help us save our 3 elementary buildings! Click above to donate with a credit card or through our PayPal account.