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Edison School levy goes down

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Major cuts apparently are in store for the Edison Local School District following the failure of an operating levy Tuesday.

For the fourth time, school district residents rejected a 9.45-mill tax levy, which would have provided funds to offset a deficit of $1.5 million by June 2014.

The unofficial vote was 1,627 For the levy and 2,108 Against. The Jefferson County tally was 1,593 For and 2,074 Against while the Carroll County vote was a tie of 34 For and 34 Against.

Prior to Tuesday’s special election, school officials said busing is to be eliminated for students in grades 9-12 and Pleasant Hill elementary school will be closed next school year.

The failure could also mean the state will eventually take over the school district, according to School Supt. Bill Beattie, who did not return telephone messages to The Free Press Standard.

The Edison Local School District has a total enrollment of 2,060 students in grades K-12 who are housed in four buildings ‑ Pleasant Hill, Stanton, John Gregg Middle School between Amsterdam and Bergholz and Edison High School near Richmond.

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