MOUNT VERNON — Six school districts in the area had levy issues on the May ballot, and only one is celebrating today — the Loudonville-Perrysville Exempted School District. According to the unofficial election results, voters approved the renewal levy, 64 percent to 35 percent (652 to 376). Twenty-three people in Knox County voted for the renewal and 11 opposed it.
Superintendent John Miller said he wanted to thank the voters for supporting the renewal of the emergency operating levy.
“We’re already looking at a reduction from the state in the amount of $650,000,” he said. “If this hadn’t passed, the hole that we’re trying to dig out of would be much greater. This levy was very important to us.”
The East Knox school board and administration are disappointed that the district’s levy failed, with 38 percent of the voters supporting the levy and 62 percent opposing it (1,324-829).
“While I am deeply disappointed in the results of the levy,” said Superintendent Matt Caputo, “I understand that everyone is experiencing difficult times. We will continue to look at making reductions where we can, tighten our belts and increase revenues. Our focus is kids and we will continue to focus on what is best for kids.”