Several School Districts Pass Levies in Trumbull County

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Several school districts in Trumbull County are celebrating after voters approved six of nine issues put before voters in Tuesday’s primary election.

Brookfield voters approved a 4.85-mill additional operating levy by just three votes. The complete but unofficial vote count from the Trumbull County Board of Elections came in at 927 to 924.

The levy will generate $606,000 for the district. Brookfield Local Schools has been under fiscal watch since 2006 and Superintendent Tom Saxton feared a failure would force the district into fiscal emergency. He said the first of order of business now is getting staffing in the district’s school buildings back up.

“Bring staffing back to where it was last year and reinstate electives and teachers at the high school and continue to reduce spending,” said Saxton.

Passage of Tuesday’s levy is the first time voters approved new money for the district since 1995.

In Champion, voters approved a 5.95-mill, 10-year operating levy with results coming in at 52 percent to 48 percent, according to complete but unofficial results from the Trumbull County Board of Elections. The levy will generate about $1 million and cost the average homeowner about $15 per month. The money will help to restore library and computer services in the district.

“First thing we will re-open the library. That is what the board promised. Everything else will stay the same. The cuts over the last seven years will stay, we will maintain what we have,” said Superintendent Pam Hood.

Girard City Schools and Lakeview Local Schools also approved emergency renewal levies. Voters in Girard approved a 3.9-mill renewal with 62 percent in favor and 38 percent against the measure. Lakeview’s 3.3-mill emergency renewal passed with a vote count of 62 percent to 38 percent, according to complete but unofficial results from the Trumbull County Board of Elections.

Maplewood Local Schools and McDonald Local will also retain their operating budgets. Maplewood voters approved a 2.65-mill renewal, 65 percent to 35 percent. McDonald voters approved a 3.85-mill operating deficit renewal, 64 percent to 36 percent.

In Newton Falls, voters turned down a 6.3-mill additional levy, 62 percent to 38 percent.

Superintendent Paul Woodard said they will be putting the levy back on the ballot in November. The district is currently operating at a deficit. Woodard said hundreds of thousands of dollars in cuts have already been made in the district.

Voters in the Niles City School District turned down two separate issues. A 4.65-mill emergency levy was defeated 70 percent to 30 percent and a 1-mill improvement levy lost 69 percent to 31 percent.

The Niles City School District is facing a $2.5 million deficit. A state audit revealed the district could save $1.3 million by cutting 15 staff and custodial positions and increasing health insurance contributions.

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