Voters turn down Indian Lake levy

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Indian Lake Schools saw its latest request for new money from voters defeated again Tuesday by an unofficial count of 1,428 to 1,260, according to results from board of election offices in Logan and Auglaize counties.

The school district was asking for a five-year, 7.2 mills renewal levy with an increase of $821,000. In all, the levy would have raised about $2.87 million for the school district.

“On behalf of the Indian Lake Board of Education, the levy committee, students and staff, we thank our community for their support,” according to a statement from Superintendent Pat O’Donnell.

“While we are disappointed with the voting results, and the board will have to address the resulting deficit, we will strive to continue providing an excellent education for our students with as little disruption as possible.”

At a recent regular meeting, the school board announced that failure of the levy means there will no longer be busing at the high school level. Effective in August, high school students will no longer have the option of taking the bus to school, according to a resolution approved in March by the school board.

Additionally, the school intends to institute a pay-to-participate fee schedule for co-curricular/extra curricular activities at all grade levels.

Starting next year, students will be charged a participation fee of $220 for each activity at the high school, and $140 at the elementary and middle school.

Students will be charged for no more than two activities, but the fee applies to all school-sponsored after-school activities, as well as select co-curricular activities that involve a paid coach/director.

“The board of education and the board finance committee will be meeting over the next couple of months to establish the district’s next steps,” the superintendent concluded.

Since 2012, three levy attempts that would have increased local funding by about $800,000 have failed.

Voters have approved eight of 20 tax questions since 1988, some after a second or third time on the ballot. Prior to November 2012, three consecutive levies had been approved, including a five-year renewal of what was then a 5.7 mills levy — the same question that was rejected by voters Tuesday.



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