The Fairmont Area School board Tuesday approved the 2019 property tax levy. It is a decrease of $11,063, or 0.19 percent, from the 2018 levy.

The Fairmont School Board has approved a property tax abatement request by Great Plains Transportation of Fairmont.

The local business is asking not to pay new property taxes resulting from a proposed expansion. It is a 10-year request.

Great Plains has asked for a total of about $500,000 in property tax relief from Fairmont Area Schools, the city of Fairmont and Martin County. The school and city have now approved the request. County commissioners will hold a public hearing on the request Jan. 8.

The board will work with activities director Mat Mahoney to hire a weight room coach. Currently, assistant football coach and physical education teacher John Kesselring has been acting as weight room supervisor.

The board accepted donations: $300 from Baarts Trucking to the Welding Academy; $500 from Louise Hendricks to the 3M Gives Program to be used in different programs at Fairmont High School.

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