Groveport Madison Schools’ levy approved by a wide margin

By Rick Palsgrove
Southeast Editor

Messenger photo by Rick Palsgrove
After the results came in showing the passage of Issue 7 on Nov. 5, school district resident Bob Garvin (right) presented a banner signed by levy supporters promoting the district’s levy that was displayed in his yard during the campaign to Groveport Madison Schools Superintendent Garilee Ogden (left).

Operating funds will continue to flow to Groveport Madison Schools as voters overwhelmingly approved the district’s operating levy request on Nov. 5.

According to unofficial results from the Franklin County Board of Elections, voters approved the levy 4,260 (67 percent) to 2,055 (33 percent).

The voters renewed the district’s existing, 5-year, 6.68 mill operating levy with no tax increase. The levy will generate $5.6 million annually beginning in January 2020. The approved levy replaces the current operating levy, which expires on Dec. 31, 2019.

“We are very grateful to the Groveport Madison community for their support and trust in us,” said Groveport Madison Superintendent Garilee Ogden. “We will continue our efforts to ensure that every student enrolled in Groveport Madison Schools receives the high quality education they deserve, and that they graduate prepared for their place in the world.”

Approval of the levy enables the district to maintain current operations including staff levels, programs, activities, and student opportunities. Levy approval would ensure operating funds are available for day-to-day school operations such as staffing, technology, utilities, supplies, and safety and security.

According to district officials, if the levy had failed, the Groveport Madison Board of Education would have had to consider making cuts because the district would have lost $2.8 million in 2020 and $5.6 million annually starting in 2021.

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