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Switzerland of Ohio levy fails

May 8, 2013
KAYLA VAN DYNE - Staff Writer , Times Leader

WOODSFIELD - The Switzerland of Ohio Local School District's 6.44 mill emergency operating levy was voted down in Tuesday's election.

The votes were 2,026 were against the levy and 1,935 for the levy.

The district that is already facing financial hardship will now enter Phase 3 to live within its means.

"I'm disappointed at the outcome, and the voters have given us a direction, now we must live within our means and will have to cut back what we can offer," said Superintendent Larry Elliott. "We told voters, up-front, in many community meetings, that we have plans in place. We will be fiscally responsible. We can't spend what we do not have."

Phases 2 and3 include the elimination of school programs and jobs. Phases 2 and 3 also include:

Phase 1 included the elimination of three jobs, field trips that were not independently funded and had limited board compensation.

All of these cuts of Phase 2 and 3 will go into effect at the start of the 2013-2014 school year.

"This is going to be dramatic. We will be offering less for students and some might leave the district. We will do the best we can with what we have," said Elliott. "We have good students, staff and faculty and will get through this. But the district will be fiscally responsible."

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