Most new school money issues fail, renewals pass

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Voters in the tri-county area largely rejected requests for new school money, but easily approved renewals.

The only exception was McDonald Local Schools, which saw voters approving a 4.3-mill additional permanent improvement levy by a margin of 56 percent to 44 percent.

A 3.15-mill renewal levy for emergency operations in the Bloomfield-Mespo School District won by a margin of 63 percent to 37 percent, according to complete but unofficial results from the Trumbull County Board of Elections. The margin was about the same for a 3.9-mill emergency renewal levy for Boardman, with 61 percent voting in favor and 39 percent saying no, according to complete but unofficial results from the Mahoning County Board of Elections.

“I am grateful for the continued support of the Boardman community. Our voters recognize the hard work of our employees and the fact that we have been able to maintain a tradition of excellence. We will continue to be good stewards of district resources as a result of this vote of confidence from our taxpayers,” Boardman Superintendent Frank Lazzeri said.

Voters in Bristol approved two separate renewal levies for emergency requirements, including a 3.7-mill issue and a 4.45-mill issue. Both issues passed by almost equal margins, according to complete but unofficial results from the Trumbull County Board of Elections.

Campbell voters soundly passed a 14.40-mill emergency renewal levy by a margin of 66 to 34 percent, according to complete but unofficial results from the Mahoning County Board of Elections. In Columbiana County, voters in East Liverpool approved a 6.5-mill emergency renewal levy by a margin of 59 percent to 41 percent, according to complete but unofficial results from the Columbiana County Board of Elections. Voters in Salem also approved a 6.7-mill renewal levy by a margin of 69 percent to 31 percent.

Howland voters approved a 4.1-mill emergency renewal levy by a margin of 58 percent to 42 percent, according to complete but unofficial results from the Trumbull County Board of Elections. Voters in western Mahoning County approved a 1.8-mill operating deficit renewal levy for Jackson Milton by a margin of 52 percent to 48 percent.

“We will continue to use your tax dollars wisely and we thank you for your trust in us. The passage of the levy ensures that the Jackson-Milton Schools will be able to provide the excellent education the community expects,” Jackson-Milton Superintendent Kirk Baker said.

Lordstown voters rejected a request for a 5.5-mill additional levy by a vote of 58 percent to 42 percent.

Voters in the Mathews Local School District approved a 7.8-mill renewal levy by a margin of 57 percent to 43 percent.

In southern Mahoning County, a request for a 3.9-mill additional emergency levy for South Range Schools was soundly defeated 61 percent to 39 percent.

“The failure of the levy presents many challenges to our district in terms of programming and student services. We are grateful to the community for their past support and will continue to work diligently with the available resources. The district will be in the process of determining the best course of action based on the recent levy failure. Programming and personnel discussions will take place over the next several months to determine how to proceed with the projected operating deficit,” said South Range Superintendent Dennis Dunham.

Southern Local voters approved a 7.84-mill renewal levy by a margin of 55 percent to 45 percent. Voters in Southington passed a 3.9-mill emergency renewal levy by a margin of 57 to 43 percent. 

Springfield voters approved a 1 percent income tax renewal for the school district 52 percent to 48 percent.

“We are grateful for the continued support from the taxpayers and the acknowledgment that the children are our future,” Springfield Superintendent Debra Mettee said. “The Springfield community has never let us down when it comes to providing opportunities for the children and the continued academic success of the students in Springfield Local Schools will demonstrate that their tax dollars are well spent.

Among the goals the district will implement with the passage are all-day kindergarten for the next school year and staying on the path of academic excellence, Mettee said.

A 2.4-mill renewal levy for the Trumbull Career and Technical Center was soundly approved 65 to 35 percent.

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