Renewal levies pass for Tecumseh schools

NEW CARLISLE, Ohio (WDTN) – The Tecumseh Local School Board is relieved seeing a history of failed levies will not repeat itself.

School officials said Tuesday night they are thankful for voters passing two renewal levies in the state’s primary election.

“We really do appreciate the fact the community supported these renewals and keep us status quo,” said Brad Martin, Superintendent for Tecumseh Local School District. “Where we are now, we won’t lose any programs and we won’t have to make any further reductions.”

The district saw voters pass two renewal levies Tuesday. A 2.81-mills renewal levy passed with 60 percent of the vote. A 4.67-mills renewal levy passed with 58 percent of the vote.

The district will see $2.1 million continue to fund Tecumseh Local Schools.

The renewal levies come months after voters defeated a new levy for the district in November 2013. It was the eleventh attempt the district has made to pass a new levy since 1995.

With the renewal levies passing, Martin said he is relieved. He knows, however, the district it not financially in the clear just yet.

“It gives us some financial stability for the next five years as far as these renewals,” said Martin. “Eventually, we will have to be looking at new money. But right now, we are very, very thankful for the community support.”

The superintendent said the district will work on passing a renewal for a permanent improvement levy.

Martin said the district will likely not make a twelfth attempt at passing a new levy until 2015.

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