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 lost 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.
Howland Superintendent John Sheets, right, and Howland district administrator Ann Marie Thigpen watch as results for the Howland School levy are posted. It went down to defeat. Photo by R. Michael Semple
The 5.63-mill bond issues would have cost the owner of a $100,000 home an additional $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.
Howland Local School District's 3.9-mill emergency additional levy was defeated by 55.5 percent. Only 44.5 percent of the voters supported the levy attempt.
Howland Superintendent John Sheets said he 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."
With this vote, Sheets said Howland will remain one of only two school districts in the county that provide half day kindergarten.
This was the third time that the district has sought additional tax dollars.
Lordstown voters rejected an additional 5.85 mills levy by 60.27 percent against to 39.73 percent for the levy.
The school district was trying to convince voters to pass a 5.83 mill levy in which the money was designed to maintaining current programs, sports and transportation.
The levy would have cost the owner of a $100,000 home approximately $204 per year.
"I don't think people will realize what is going to happen now," outgoing school board member Mark McGrail said. "Unfortunately, there was a heavy misinformation campaign out there against the levy. The only way we can make up the deficit will be through severe cuts. We've already made $700,00 in cuts within the district."
McGrail expects the deficit to grow another $200,000 next year.
"The state will require more cuts, before we can attempt another levy," he said.
The last new money approved in the district was in 2001. That is the only new issue Lordstown voters have passed in the past 20 years.
Because the levy did not pass, the district will have to develop a 60-day plan of what kind of cuts that can be made to eliminate those deficits.
Southington Schools' 4.9-mill levy failed with 54.4 percent of voters voting against the tax versus 45.59 percent for the increase.
"We are disappointed for the children of this district," School Board President Michael Davis said. "We sought this levy because we are operating in a deficit."
The district is operating with a $300,00 deficit.
"We cannot continue to operate in a deficit for so long, before the state will eventually come in," Davis said. "The deficit is expected to grow into next year.
Warren Schools' 10-mill renewal levy passed by 61.18 percent of the vote.
LaBrae's 3-mill renewal levy passed by 65.7 percent of the vote.
Maplewood's 5-mill renewal levy passed by 61.5 percent.
Mathews 9.25-mill renewal levy passed by 58.3 percent.
Weathersfield 5.1-mill renewal levy passed by 54.6 percent.