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Avon Lake School Levy Defeated

Personnel will be cut, superintendent says.

A 5-year, 9.04-mill Emergency Levy for the Avon Lake school district failed Nov. 6, losing 6519 to 5815.

“It was a good race,” Avon Lake Superintendent of Schools Bob Scott said. “We knew it was a large number and we tried to get our story out as much as we could.

“Well go back to the drawing board tomorrow.”

Scott said the district will begin making decisions on when to come back to the voters.

“The deficit is not going away,” Scott said.

The district has another, separate levy coming up in May 2013.

Next for the district is determining where cuts will need to be made.

“We’re going know fairly quickly what the dollar amount is we have to cut,” Scott said. “It will be personnel. That’s what we have to work on, that’s a process.

“The disappointment is that we’re an outstanding school and I think that could be in jeopardy now.”

Had the levy passed, it would have cost property owners $277 more per $100,000 home valuation.

Levy supporters created a Facebook page, held informational meetings and a website to disseminate information.

*All results are unofficial until certified by the Lorain County Board of Elections.

Steve83 November 09, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Ohio Department of Education http://education.ohio.gov/GD/Templates/Pages/ODE/ODEDetail.aspx?page=3&TopicRelationID=1214&ContentID=708
Steve83 November 09, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Interesting link - note that Avon is the lowest district in Ohio for total spending per student and Avon Lake is 133rd highest (out of 614 districts). If you look at instructional spending per student - Avon is 16th lowest in the state while Avon Lake is 135th highest.
Terska November 09, 2012 at 06:20 PM
My guess is that Avon has lower costs because they are rapidly expanding and have newer teacher hires with lower salaries. Their costs will escalate as their teachers gain seniority. Avon just passed a levy to build a new middle school.
Laurie November 09, 2012 at 07:38 PM
I think I should become a teacher or administrator - I make half of what teachers do yet I am expected to foot a bigger tax bill. Who in the h*ll do you think will pay for another vote in May? We the taxpayers. STOP THIS NONSENSE, AVON LAKE SCHOOL DISTRICT!!!
Steve83 November 09, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Terska - If you look a the data - the difference is cost goes back 11 years - longer than the current boom. Avon Lake also had expansion in the last decade with all of the new subdivisions/homes including re-opening Troy and expanding the other school buildings and high school. It would be interesting to see the difference in teacher demographics (years experience) between the two.

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