Voters determine school levies
Updated: Tuesday, November 5 2013, 11:55 PM EST
JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ohio --
For weeks, local educators have been stressing the need for additional funding. And with several school levies on the ballots, voters in the Buckeye State had the final say when they headed to the polls Tuesday.
Voters barely decided against a 5.9 mil, five-year operating levy for Edison Local School District. Unofficial results, with all 25 precincts reporting, showed 2,164 people voted against the levy and 2,133 voted for it. The levy failed by just 31 votes.
In Jefferson County, passed a seven-year, 1 mil levy for the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School. Unofficial results showed 52 percent of voters were for the additional levy, while 48 percent were against it.
In Monroe County, the Switzerland Of Ohio School District levy was voted down. Officials there were hoping to avoid an operating deficit of about $3 million. With all 37 precincts reporting, 57 percent of voters were against the additional levy.
For the Bellaire Local School District in Belmont County, voters also did not pass a levy there. Unofficial results show 54 percent of people voted against the additional levy.
Also in Belmont County, a five-year 4.6 mil additional levy for Shadyside schools did pass successfully, with 919 votes for it and 807 against it.
Shadyside Local Superintendent John Haswell said, "This is absolutely a great thing for us. …This was huge for us."
In Tuscarawas County, an additional levy for the New Philadelphia City Schools was voted down, with 66 percent of people voting against it. The levy was presented for emergency requirements of the school district in the sum of $3 million.
A renewal levy for the Buckeye Joint Vocational School in New Philadelphia did pass with 58 percent of voters for the levy. The levy is to help improve school building facilities and make other site improvements.
Some school levies in Jefferson County were not tallied as of 11:30 p.m. Tuesday. Still undecided were levies including a 5.9 mil, five-year operating levy for Edison Local School District and a seven-year, 1 mil levy for the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School.