OHIO, USA — As the state of Ohio --and the rest of the country-- continues its fight against the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, academic institutions have been at the forefront of challenges.
On Tuesday, school districts across Northeast Ohio crossed their fingers as residents cast ballots in favor or against their school levies. Some are seeking assistance to lessen or eliminate financial deficits while others are looking to upgrade building structures and technologies.
Despite viable causes, not all the schools were able to secure the requested funding. Here's a look at some of the regions top races and how they fared. For a complete Election results, click here.
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Cleveland Municipal School District (Issue 68) - Passed:62%
Issue 68, the levy for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District has passed.
The levy, which is a 15-mill renewal and a 5-mill increase, will be used to cover the district’s operating budget for 10 years.
Parma City School District (Issue 73) - Fails: 54%
Parma City School District buildings are so old, the youngest one was built in 1968. If the levy and tax increase passes, Parma Superintendent Dr. Charles Smialek says the school system plans to invest in new buildings and what goes inside them.
Waterloo Local School District (Issue 28) - Fails: 56%
In Portage County, Waterloo Local Schools has now experienced ten failed levies. In the most recent effort, Superintendent Dr. Shawn Braman wanted programming for students to be the focus.
“We’ve had to cut a lot of programs over the past 5-10 years so things like let’s get choir back, let’s get art back, let’s get some foreign language back,” says Dr. Braman.
Other districts with issues on Tuesday's ballot include:
- Ashland School- Passed 69%
- Ashtabula Area School - Passed: 62%
- Avon Lake Schools- Passed- 72%
- Brunswick Schools- The race is too close to call at this time.
- Chagrin Falls Schools- Passed : 69%
- Cleveland Hts-University Hts Schools- The race is too close to call at this time.
- Cleveland Schools -Passed: 62%
- Crestwood Schools- Failed: 61%
- Cuyahoga Falls Schools- Passed-61%
- Euclid Schools- Passed: 53%
- Fairview Park Schools: Passed: 64%
- Firelands Schools- Passed : 59%
- Galion Schools- Failed: 53%
- Green Local Schools- Passed: 62%
- Green Local Schools- Passed: 55%
- Jefferson Area Schools- Passed: 60%
- Leetonia Schools- Passed- 60%
- Lorain County JVS- Failed: 52%
- Lorain Schools- Passed: 62%
- Louisville Schools- Failed: 53%
- Mapleton Schools- Passed :55%
- Mapleton Schools Current Expenses- Passed :55%
- Massillon Schools- Passed: 58%
- Monroeville Schools - The race is too close to call at this time.
- Oberlin Schools - Emergency Requirements- Passed: 63%
- Oberlin Schools - Permanent Improvements - Passed: 65%
- Parma Schools- Failed: 54%
- Richmond Hts Schools- Failed: 58%
- Richmond Hts Schools- Passed: 54%
- Rootstown Schools- Failed: 54%
- Sandy Valley Schools- The race is too close to call at this time.
- Springfield Local Schools 1.8 mills- Passed 55%
- Springfield Local Schools 3.86 mills- Passed 52%
- Springfield Local Schools 7.7 mills- Passed 67%
- Stow-Munroe Falls Schools 4.61 mills- Passed: 67%
- Stow-Munroe Falls Schools 6.53 mills- Passed: 65%
- Vermilion Schools- Passed: 64%
- Warrensville Hts Schools- Passed: 75%
- Waterloo Schools- Failed: 56%
- Windham Schools- Failed: 53%
- Woodridge Schools- Passed-59%