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CH-UH School District Levy Passes

Unofficial, final results show the 6.9-mill levy passed by more than 2,500 votes

Voters in Cleveland Heights and University Heights approved the school district's , according to .

The levy passed by more than 2,500 votes. The vote was 10,069 for and 7,564 against.

District officials, including CH-UH School Board president and member , who both ran unopposed for re-election, celebrated the victory together at Nancy Dietrich's home. 

"First of all I want to say thank you. It was a very clear victory for the levy, for the support of the schools and I’ve heard from many, many voters that they’ve seen a change in the district and a cooperation between the schools and the city," Peppler said. "That makes them feel comfortable about supporting the schools."

CH-UH Chief Financial Officer Scott Gainer said that if the levy failed, the district may have been forced to cut up to 100 teaching jobs.

The district would have had to eliminate $7 million from the budget, after already cutting $6 million, he said.

"Tonight is a great night for Cleveland Heights-University Heights Schools and our communities. We thank our parents, teachers and residents for investing in our students and recognizing that strong schools make for a strong community," said Superintendent Douglas Heuer in a press release. "And, most importantly, we thank all the people . Because of you and the support of the community, we will continue to build on our past academic achievements and provide our students with the quality education they deserve."

The levy will raise taxes by $211 every year for every $100,000 in property valuation.

"It’s a huge vote of confidence in where the schools are going," Coble said. "Now they have in turn given us the funding where we can take the next step and continue this work we’ve been doing for the last few years."

Donald R. Thompson November 09, 2011 at 03:29 PM
You win some...you lose some...gonna have to work some OT to fill the $525 hole the levy is creating for my family

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