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East Muskingum Local School District voters encouraged to support bond issue, levy May 2

Published: April 21, 2017 7:35 AM
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Voters in the East Muskingum Local School District will be voting on a bond issue and levy when they take to the polls May 2.

            The bond issue will not exceed 2.8-mills to build an Athletic Complex, located between east of the Larry Miller Intermediate School and John Glenn High School, and the Auditorium, which will share the lobby of the gymnasium of  John Glenn High School. The Maintenance Levy will be .5-mills to operate and sustain the facilities.

            The Athletic Complex will consist of an eight-lane all-weather track, an artificial turf field lined for both football and soccer, bleachers to accommodate up to 3,000 spectators and supporters to include standing room and lawn seating; lighting for evening events; press box/concessions area; accessible restrooms; electronic scoreboard; perimeter sidewalks and fencing.

The Auditorium will expand and reconfigure the current gym lobby space as the auditorium entrance and lobby, and also a box office. There will be areas to display student artwork throughout. The auditorium will seat an audience of 650 and include a full orchestra pit; a sound booth with lighting and sound boards; two classrooms/dressing rooms; piano storage; and a receiving area with a loading dock for loading/unloading sets and equipment.

“The creation of an Athletic Complex and Auditorium is about far more than adding new facilities. It is about the East Muskingum choice to educate the whole child by expanding the academics, arts and athletics to best prepare our students for success in life. We believe in blending our students’ learning experiences of academics, with their social, emotional, and cognitive development; to prepare them for their choices for college, careers, and citizenship. It is our responsibility, as a school district and a community, to continue to choose excellence to create learning environments that enable children to be healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged,” according to East Muskingum Schools’ Superintendent Jill R. Sheridan.

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In March 2016, the East Muskingum Local School Board of Education unanimously adopted a resolution to move forward to seek private/public funding for the Athletic Complex and Auditorium.  This innovative public/private funding strategy was approved to raise capital to reduce the amount required through a public levy.

In the last three months, the school district has raised $1.6 million. This Capital Campaign of cash and inkind donations will be ongoing throughout the construction. These donations will continue to offset the final dollar amount the public taxpayers will be assessed at the end of the project.

The bond will not exceed 2.8-mills to build the Athletic Complex and the Auditorium. The Maintenance Levy will be .5-mills to operate and sustain the facilities. An estimated annual cost will not exceed, for a $100,000 home is $98 year to build, and $17.50 for sustaining and operation.

To learn more about the bond issue and maintenance levy, visit www.muskielevy.com, visit the Facebook page at MuskieLevy, email questions to info@muskielevy.com or call the East Muskingum District Office at 740-826-7655 (from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday).

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