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SWANTON, OH (Toledo News Now) -
Changes planned for the Swanton School District were in the hands of voters Tuesday. A special election was held for a levy that was shot down.
The Swanton community was divided on the levy and bond issue. Signs for and against it could be seen all over the district, which lies in both Fulton and Lucas counties.
Ashley Stambaugh was for the levy, saying she liked the plan to build a new Pre-K through sixth grade school, sending middle school students to the high school building.
"It would give us more opportunities for the kids," Stambaugh said. "We'll have more classrooms, better classrooms. In the middle school, I substitute teach there, as well, so I know in the summer months it is really hot and the kids don't like to learn when it's really hot."
But not enough voters sided with Stambaugh. The issue was defeated by 630 votes. In Fulton County, 56 percent of voters were against it, and 79 percent in Lucas County.
Former school board president Jeff Michaels got the result he was hoping for.
"When we built the high school, we put millions of dollars into the elementary schools at that time, and we're still paying on that bond," he said. "Then, to turn around and say we're going to ask for more money to tear down buildings we still owe money on and build another building, just doesn't make economic sense, especially in these times."
The schools will stay as they are, and residents will not pay an additional $9 per month for every $100,000 in home value.