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Mixed election for Ohio school issues

Nov. 5, 2008: While the state’s largest school district won approval of a levy and bond issue to renovate Columbus schools and replace aging buses, many other districts are looking at probable budget cuts after voters turned down their requests—this included Lorain, where its school levy was defeated.

The levy approved for the Columbus City Schools will generate $77 million a year for more teachers and other operational costs. The approved bond issue will pay for $164 million in new schools and equipment.

The school levy in Toledo also passed.

The latest vote count Wednesday morning continued to show the Dayton Public Schools levy passing, but officials in the Little Miami district in southwest Ohio's Warren County say they'll have to make $4 million in cuts and two new schools may be delayed. District spokeswoman Lisa Knodel said officials believe a difficult economy was the main reason for Tuesday's no vote.

``It's just real tough on the schools,'' Ohio School Boards Association spokesman Scott Ebright said Wednesday of those districts where school issues failed. ``They just keep trying to do the best they can with the money that the voters are giving them.''

Zanesville voters defeated a property tax levy to save and renovate the high school auditorium, and Ebright said the Northwest Local Schools in Stark County are on the brink of going into fiscal emergency after losing a levy bid.





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