Tue 11:35pm: New money for schools lose

All of the Trumbull County school levies that sought additional money for either buildings or operating expenses failed in Tuesday’s elections.

Those school districts seeking renewals passed.

The Bristol local schools bond issue and tax levy were going down by more than 61.9 percent shortly after the polls closed.

The bond issue was to be used to build a new building. If the levy would have passed, the state would have paid for 63 percent of the cost of the project.

The 5.63-mill bond issues would have cost the owner of a $100,000 home an extra $198 per year.

Local cost of the project would have been $9.5 million.

“I’m very appreciative of the effort that the levy committee put into this,” Superintendent Christopher Dray said. “Obviously, I’m disappointed, but things will go on at the school. I will get with the school board and we will decide how we want to proceed from here.”

Dray said the district’s teachers and administrative staff will continue doing a good job for the children.

Howland Local School District’s 3.9 mills emergency additional levy was being defeated by 55.48 percent. Only 44.52 percent of the voters supported the levy attempt.

Howland Superintendent John Sheets is disappointed on behalf of the students and schools.

“It is going to be difficult to strengthen and protect learning in the district,” Sheets said. “We told residents we were going to use the money to provide new technologies, new textbooks and all day kindergarten.”

Read other schools results in the Wednesday Tribune Chronicle.