TALLMADGE — Second time was a charm for the Tallmadge City Schools.
Voters within the Tallmadge school district approved Issue 4, a five-year, 7.4-mill operating levy which will raise $3.1 million a year, during Tuesday’s primary election.
According to final but unofficial results from the Summit County Board of Elections, 2,835, or 56.59%, voted for the levy, and 2,175, or 43.41%, voted against. According to final but unofficial results from the Portage County Board of Elections, 49 voters, or 62.82%, voted for the levy, and 29, or 37.18%, voted against. A small part of the Tallmadge City School district is in Portage County.
“We are grateful for the support the community showed for our children,” said board President Rick Kellar. “We are excited to continue providing excellent education for our kids and be good stewards of the funds our citizens are providing.”
The levy will cost the owner of a $100,000 home an additional $259 a year.
A previous attempt at a levy to raise the same amount failed in November.
In April, the board of education unanimously voted to approve one-year, rollover contracts for both classified and certified staff members
The contracts include a base salary freeze, which will save the district about $150,000, said Superintendent Jeff Ferguson.
Ferguson said in an earlier interview he would recommend $1.7 million in cuts for 2019-20 be restored if the levy passed in May. Those cuts included eliminating busing for about 60 percent of the district’s students by going to state minimum, eliminating 15 1/2 positions and implementing pay-to-participate fees.
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