The levy _ a combined 3-mill permanent improvement levy and a 6.5-mill operating levy _ is expected to generate about $785,800 for the district, with about $248,000 earmarked for permanent improvements.
"We can finally get things for the school," said Superintendent Phyllis Novy. "Now we can get back on track and start getting books purchased and doing all the other things the school needs."
Novy admitted she was leery of the election outcome because of the district's recent history. The district had asked voters to approve money for the schools for about two years, and each time the levy failed.
"I'm just happy for the kids," said board President John Kinsey. "The 3 mills will help out a lot."
Board member Michael Brookman said he was trying to be cautiously optimistic about the levy before the results were known. He was at the high school with Novy and the board members painting a thank you sign shortly after the results were known.
"We've lost by such a slight number in the past, and I thought we would win by a slight number," he said. He credits the community's effort with the levy's almost 2-1 passage.
"Lots of people helped with the levy, more people than usual," Brookman said. "That gave me a good feeling about the levy."
Board Vice President Carolyn Bookwalter credits Tuesday's levy passage with the publicity the levy has had, and the large turnout of residents at a recent board meeting where James Van Keuren, assistant state superintendent, outlined the methods of consolidation, an option the board was considering if the levy had failed by the year's end.