Thursday, May 8, 2003

King's rethinks as levy defeated

Wayne result still not decided

By Erica Solvig, The Cincinnati Enquirer
and Sue Kiesewetter, Enquirer Contributor

DEERFIELD TWP. - Kings Schools officials might revise their building plans after voters decided $43 million was too much to spend to ease overcrowding.

And it's not the only Warren County district unsure of its next move after Tuesday's special election. In Waynesville - where a 10-mill emergency operating levy failed by just four votes - residents have to wait at least two weeks to find out if 19 walk-in votes will change the outcome.

Kings voters rejected a 4.5-mill bond issue Tuesday, 2,581 to 1,647, according to Warren County's unofficial final results. It would have funded renovations and expansions at the junior and senior high campus.

The school board plans to meet to weigh the turnout and voters' reasoning before making a decision, school board President Konrad Kircher said.

That might mean revising the plan or putting the same issue on the November ballot.

Wayne Schools is meeting Monday to begin the process to resubmit the levy for the Aug. 5 special election, which has a May 22 filing deadline.

That's only a couple days after the 19 walk-in votes are expected to be counted, and in the middle of a likely recount because of the close vote, said Wayne Superintendent Tom Isaacs.

The levy was turned down 1,048 to 1,044, according to unofficial results from election boards in Warren and Greene counties.

Franklin educators also will meet Monday to discuss when to resubmit a bond issue that was defeated, 1,201 to 1,052.

Had the 2.84-mill issue passed, it would have provided $16.7 million to add classrooms to every building, along with building repairs and upgrades.

In Butler County, Fairfield School officials will be receiving $2.5 million each of the next five years for school repairs and upgrades after voters approved a 2-mill permanent improvement levy, 3,620 to 3,424. Officials will meet with architects Friday to begin preparing bid specifications for roof projects at two schools.


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