An $18,999,000 bond issue proposed by Marietta Public Schools to fund a new junior high/high school combination building has received the approval of voters in the district. Of the votes cast, 224 were in favor of the issue and 125 were against.

The project, with an estimated completion of early- to mid-2023, is designed to ease overcrowding throughout the district by housing students from seventh through twelfth grades.

It will replace the current high school building which was erected in 1970.

“We are so very blessed and grateful to have such a supportive community that invests in its school,” said Superintendent Brandi Naylor.  “We are looking forward to getting started with the construction process that will result in our ability to offer more for all our students as well as be a source of pride for the community.  Thank you for your investment in our students and the Marietta community!”

The proposed construction is planned to contain roughly 56,895 square feet, including approximately 28 classrooms, five science/STEM labs, a library/media center, warming kitchen, two indoor commons areas, and enough safe-room space to shelter all junior high and high school students separately.

The bond is to be paid off over a 17-year period with an 8.5 percent tax increase.