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School systems with failed levies are in desperate situations

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NEW MIDDLETOWN, Ohio - Voters in some local school systems said "no" to levies.

So what's next for those districts?

Voters in the Springfield Local School District said no to a 2.5 mill levy that would have paid for 48 percent of a new elementary school.

The current elementary school was built in 1923 and the addition in 1952. It's ranked 7th worst in the state.

Yet educationally, it's ranked excellent with distinction.

"There are safety concerns with the building; roofing the boiler, size of classrooms storage. It was never designed to house the special education," said Debar Mettee, Superintendent of Springfield Schools.

The ceilings and floors are patched together. Some of the schools plumbing pipes are crushed and cannot be fixed.

In the basement at the north side of the building, right under the kindergarten classroom, the foundation is crumbling.

The board of education will make a determination if it will go to back to the voters with another request.

In Champion, an emergency 5 year 4.95 mill levy for operating expenses was defeated by a about 140 votes.

With a cut of a million dollars by the state and without passage of the emergency levy anything that is not required by the state will be on the table to balance the budget.

That includes art, music, gym, school nurses, librarians, guidance counselors, transportation, athletics; all of the programs and services residence expect in their schools but which are not mandated by the state.

The board will determine when it will go back to voters for an emergency levy.

Champion has not asked for an increase for operating expenses since 1994.

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