Voters say ‘yes’ and ‘no’ to two Trumbull County school districts

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Champion and Liberty voters decided upon levies in both districts

CHAMPION, Ohio (WKBN) – Many in the Champion School District are celebrating after voters approved a renewal levy on Tuesday.

Voters accepted the 1.5 mill permanent renewal levy 337 to 217.

“I am very excited, of course. I just want to begin by thanking our community for continuing to support our schools,” said Champion Superintendent John Grabowski. “When we look at the long-term effects of this levy, it’s going to give our kids the opportunity to continue to live on in the high school and get some updates done that are going to provide long-lasting upgrades that are going to keep that building safe for many, many years to come.”

The funding will be used to help maintain the high school and bus garage buildings.

Champion recently replaced the elementary and middle school buildings with a brand new facility, but the high school is approaching 75 years old.

Money generated from the levy will be put toward maintaining the roof, pavement, windows and doors, along with the heating and ventilation systems.

Liberty voters were not as generous, voting down for the second time an additional five-year, 2.5 mill permanent improvement levy.

Tuesday night, 51 percent of voters said no to the levy with 634 votes, while 49 percent said yes with 610 votes.

“It’s painfully close, yeah, but we moved some people so that’s encouraging that we’re gaining more support for the district. We just have to… we have to do better and be better,” said Liberty Superintendent Andy Tommelleo.

He added that a lot of people worked hard to get the message out about the levy, and although the outcome wasn’t what they had hoped for, the district will move forward.

If passed, the levy would have cost the owner of a $100,000 home about $87.50 per year.

The money was earmarked for roofing repairs, heating and cooling upgrades and proper ventilation, among other expenditures.

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