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Edison Local officials elated levy finally passes

Updated: Tuesday, September 2 2014, 11:54 AM EDT
HARRISON COUNTY, Ohio – It’s an historic day for the Edison Local School District with the passage of their operation levy Tuesday night.
The last time the district had a levy passed was 1997. Aside  from a weight lifted off of school officials shoulders, it also ensures the district will be fiscally sound.
“It becomes difficult because it not only affects the day-to-day operations, it affects the operation process because we had to cut bussing,” said Bill Beattie, schools superintendent.
Busses will soon be hauling high school students back to Edison Local High School on a regular basis.
Several other programs and positions that have been eliminated will remain permanent cuts.
“We've had to make some drastic cuts and we've had to do some things that probably weren't popular,” Beattie said, “but when you get to the point where we were at, we cut almost $3 million over the last two-year period. That's getting into drastic cuts.”
While levy and school officials pared down the millage from 9.5 to 5-9 mills, Beattie credits the passage of the levy to hard work from their team of supporters.
It was just 14 votes separated the district from passing in November. This year they broke through.
“We started on Dec. 16,” he said. “I can remember it like it was yesterday. Everybody that helped, we greatly appreciate that. Obviously they were doing it because they were looking out for the best interest of their students and families in our district overall."
Beattie said the district has less that 15 days left this year, so any of these changes will be introduced in the fall.

Edison Local officials elated levy finally passes

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