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Springfield, Rossford, Northwood school levies defeated

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Many communities saw school levies on the ballot this week, and while some districts are celebrating, others now have to figure out what to do from here.

Northwood Schools officials say they've never seen the votes so close on a levy. Their 4.9 mill levy was voted down 699 to 694. Five votes are the only thing standing between students and a new school.

Officials say they're hoping the certified vote total on Nov. 21 will turn in their favor. If the certified vote total is within 0.5 percent, the votes will be recounted.

"If it doesn't pass this time, then we have to re-engage the community and see what we can get support for, because the problems don't go away," said Superintendent Gregory Clark.

The opportunity for the district to partner with the state to build a new school only lasts 13 months, and is up in May.

In Rossford, the district spent two years surveying residents about changes they wanted to see in the schools. But the public still voted against their levy to make those changes happen.

Voters there said no to a 4.6 mill levy, which would have paid to renovate the high school and build new elementary schools.

Superintendent Dan Creps says he's disappointed about the defeat. They took several surveys and had residents vote on what school plan they liked best before they asked voters to support the levy.

"It didn't go our way, but you know, there are a lot of positives to be taken from this, and we're certainly going to evaluate the entire process," Creps said.

He says they will continue the dialogue with voters and figure out the best way to move forward.

Springfield Local Schools didn't ask for as much, and they weren't planning to build new schools. They asked voters for a 2.9 mill levy to stabilize the district's budget, pay for salaries and necessary technology for students.

Not only was their request shot down, it was by a wide margin, which made it even more disappointing. Officials say the district will start to feel the pinch by January. They aren't sure what type of cuts will be made, only that more cuts are coming.

The district has already made $3 million worth of cuts over the last couple years to keep up with less funding from the state. But leaders say they are dedicated to the education of their students.

"We will proceed," said Superintendent Kathryn Hott. "I sent an email out to staff today and just said, ‘We're going to continue to do good things and provide an exceptional education and continue to support each other and care for each other and care for the students, and we'll have to just take on the challenges of the defeat.'"

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