Norton City Schools are breathing a sigh of relief as voters granted their request Nov. 6 for a little extra money to get them by.
Voters approved a 1.9-mill operating levy 3,719 to 3,244.
“We’ll continue to provide the excellent education we’ve been able to do while being fiscally responsible,” Superintendent David Dunn said.
In the last five years, Norton lost $275,000 in cuts from the state of Ohio, officials said.
The district stretched a four-year levy to eight, in spite of the cuts through attrition and pay freezes and passing on health insurance increases to the beneficiaries.
The average homeowner in Norton will see a tax increase of $58 per year, which officials say should carry the district through 2016, barring more state cuts.
Dunn stressed it is not “extra money,” but simply a patch to fill in a hole made by other cuts.
“This will offset the reductions from the state and enable us to continue to offer programs for our students,” Dunn said.
He said none of the eliminated positions would be returning and no new initiatives are in the wings to be launched. The levy would only preserve the status quo.
Dunn attributed the success to the schools’ consistent record of success, highlighted by their recent achievement of “excellent with distinction” status for the eighth year in a row, and the support of the city.
“I want to say a huge thank you to all the people for their support,” Dunn said. “Norton is a great community.”