Citizens for Responsibility

Save our 3 Marlington community elementary buildings!

We are a grassroots group of Marlington citizens - we support saving and improving our three 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.

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Our elementary schools

How does a "no" vote protect Marlington's future?

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?

New law provides funding for school building repairs

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.

How much more will Waterloo students lose?

Click above to see the latest cuts Waterloo is facing. Their elementary school consolidation hasn't produced the rosy financial situation they expected.

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Is the NEXUS pipeline an "if”? You decide.

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.

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New income source for Marlington worth millions of $!

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!

Local schools to get millions of $ from NEXUS pipeline!

Click above to learn how local schools will share $270 million per year from the oil and natural gas industry.

Will it really cost more to repair than to build?

Click above to learn about the repair and new construction estimates. Are the estimates reliable? You decide.

It's possible to repair & improve our current buildings

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.

What about asbestos?

Click above to learn the facts about asbestos, a naturally-occurring earth mineral.

What can we expect with busing?

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 moving back to the neighborhood school model

Youngstown City Schools has decided to go BACK to neighborhood schools. Click here to find out why.

Are the buildings being maintained properly?

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.

Will security be better at a new school?

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.

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How are Marlington tax dollars being spent?

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 on each link below to view a spreadsheet from OhioCheckbook.com of Marlington expenditures for fiscal years 2013 - 2016. Download as an Excel spreadsheet (top right-side arrow) or open with Google Sheets to be able to sort the columns to easily view the expenditures by sorted category. For example, sort by "Fund Description" to view expenditures by fund (ex. Permanent Improvement) or by "IRN Name" to view spending by building (ex. Lexington).
What is Marlington's financial situation?

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.

How has the permanent improvement money been spent?

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!

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The Alliance Review and The Canton Repository

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.

Can the District use taxpayer $ to promote this issue?

Click above to learn about the legality of using public funds to support the passage of a school levy or bond issue.

Why are farmers hesitant to support the 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.

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Marlington January 2017 survey results

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.

What about that "survey"?

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.

Was new contract vote for Superintendent Knoll legal?

Click above to learn why Carolyn Gabric voted "no" on the superintendent's contract renewal. Did some board members act illegally?

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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.

More facts to consider!

Have you considered these additional facts about the effects of Issue 3? Click above to see.

Citizens for Responsibility - Who We Are

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.

Donate to Citizens for Responsibility

Help us save our 3 elementary buildings! Click above to donate with a credit card or through our PayPal account.

Paid for by Citizens for Responsibility, Carrie Donaldson, Treasurer, 4000 S. Union Ave., Alliance, OH 44601.