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(Toledo News Now) -
communities saw school levies on the ballot this week, and while some
districts are celebrating, others now have to figure out what to do from
Schools officials say they've never seen the votes so close on a levy. Their
4.9 mill levy was voted down 699 to 694. Five votes are the only thing standing
between students and a new school.
say they're hoping the certified vote total on Nov. 21 will turn in their
favor. If the certified vote total is within 0.5 percent, the votes will be
it doesn't pass this time, then we have to re-engage the community and see what
we can get support for, because the problems don't go away," said
Superintendent Gregory Clark.
opportunity for the district to partner with the state to build a new school
only lasts 13 months, and is up in May.
Rossford, the district spent two years surveying residents about changes they
wanted to see in the schools. But the public still voted against their levy to
make those changes happen.
there said no to a 4.6 mill levy, which would have paid to renovate the high
school and build new elementary schools.
Dan Creps says he's disappointed about the defeat. They took several surveys
and had residents vote on what school plan they liked best before they asked
voters to support the levy.
didn't go our way, but you know, there are a lot of positives to be taken from
this, and we're certainly going to evaluate the entire process," Creps said.
says they will continue the dialogue with voters and figure out the best way to
Local Schools didn't ask for as much, and they weren't planning to build new
schools. They asked voters for a 2.9 mill levy to stabilize the district's
budget, pay for salaries and necessary technology for students.
only was their request shot down, it was by a wide margin, which made it even
more disappointing. Officials say the district will start to feel the pinch by
January. They aren't sure what type of cuts will be made, only that more cuts
district has already made $3 million worth of cuts over the last couple years
to keep up with less funding from the state. But leaders say they are dedicated
to the education of their students.
will proceed," said Superintendent Kathryn Hott. "I sent an email out to staff
today and just said, ‘We're going to continue to do good things and provide an
exceptional education and continue to support each other and care for each
other and care for the students, and we'll have to just take on the challenges
of the defeat.'"