Company giving $1.1M to schools

Marathon Petroleum Corp. will donate $1.1 million to Findlay City Schools for its Science, Technology, Engineering and Math program at the middle schools, and for a new school bus building, Marathon Chief Executive Officer Gary Heminger said Monday.

More than half the $1.1 million will buy lab equipment, monitors, and probes for measuring things like gas pressure, heart rate, conductivity and voltage, Findlay Schools Superintendent Dean Wittwer said.

“Marathon is a math and science business, and they were very supportive of some of our ideas,” Wittwer said.

The new transportation building will be constructed “as close to the high school and (Interstate 75) as possible,” Wittwer said. I-75 is on the travel route for most athletic and other extracurricular events, he said.

Wittwer had no details about the transportation building, including timing of construction. He said it would replace existing buildings at the Blanchard Street-Blanchard Avenue intersection, which flood when the Blanchard River overflows.

“We’re very pleased and very grateful” for the donation, Wittwer said.

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