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 A strong show of support by voters in the Woodmore School District for a levy renewal on Tuesday’s ballot can be attributed to the efforts of a committee of volunteers promoting the issue and to a growing trust in the school board’s management of district finances, Joe Liszak, board president, said last week.

 Voters had twice this year rejected the operating levy that generates about $600,000 annually for the school district but reversed themselves last week by approving the issue by a wide margin. In Sandusky County, it passed by 251 votes, 1,089 for to 838 against, while Ottawa County voters approved it by 311 votes, 1,003 for to 692. Results are unofficial.

 “We had an extremely strong levy committee led by Jan Busdeker who worked tirelessly on weekends handing out flyers, holding meetings, putting up signs and talking to people. Our superintendent Jay LeFevre went out to restaurants and other venues and spoke about the levy,” Liszak said. “The board held a public forum and we continued to try to educate the community on why we needed this money and make the case for it.  “Finally, I think the public’s confidence is beginning to return. I think the community has restored trust with this school board and we are going to watch the money.”

 Liszak said that a year and a half ago the district typically had the cash equivalent of three days of expenses on hand. Now, the cash balance is equal to 46 days of expenses.

 “We’re watching every expenditure. I think that means a lot to the public and their confidence is starting to come back to us,” he said. “We have a lot more to do. We’re going to remain fiscally soluble and remain vigilant and watch every penny. We need to make sure this district has the money to get through times of emergency. We will continue to have balanced budgets.”

 The board did not prepare a list of spending cuts that would have been enacted if the levy renewal had failed.

 And there is little time for the board and administration to rest. A five-year permanent improvement levy that generates about $829,000 annually expires next year and will be up for renewal.    

       

       

       

 

 

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