We have been working and learning from home since March 17, when Governor DeWine issued the Stay at Home order. All of us at Marietta City Schools have worked very hard to make this as easy of an adjustment as possible. It is hard to express how much we appreciate your support in this effort because it takes all of us to make the best of this situation.
Even though our thoughts have been largely consumed with being safe and keeping our families healthy in this social distancing environment, please don't forget that there are two very important matters that need to be addressed.
First, I need you to be sure that you vote in this election because there are several important races on the ballot. Marietta City Schools has one of those important issues - The Emergency Levy Renewal. This is a RENEWAL --- no new money. Funding from this levy allows us to offer all of the extra-curricular athletic and academic programs that make us special. Athletics, our music, fine arts and foreign languages will be impossible to offer without the funding that this levy generates. Renewing this levy is very important to our school and community.
How do you vote now that the polls are closed? I realize that this is a challenging time, but you still can get an absentee ballot and submit your vote. There are a couple of ways to make this happen. You can go to the Washington County Board of Elections Office website and print a ballot. This link will take you directly to information about what you need to do to receive and complete an absentee ballot:
You can also request that a ballot be mailed to you, but you must do so by Saturday April 25, at noon. You can do this by calling the Board of Elections office (740-374-6828) and leaving a detailed message. All mailed ballots must be postmarked by April 27. You cannot submit a ballot online. All returned ballots must be mailed to or dropped off at the Board of Elections Office.
Second, I need you to complete and submit your 2020 Census information. Right now less than 50% of our county has submitted their information. Having a complete count of all of our people is very important to our community, county and our state. Resources are distributed based on population. If we fail to record a complete count, we will not have the necessary resources to support our needs. The link below will give you more information on how to complete the 2020 Census:
Thank you for your support.
Even though our focus may have changed with our new reality, we still need to exercise our civic responsibilities by expressing our thoughts through the voting process and completing the 2020 Census.
Superintendent, Marietta City Schools