Close race, no cigar for MP
By Dean Shipley
Most voters in the Madison-Plains Local School District apparently do not share the vision of the school’s administration. It chose to run an apparently low-key campaign for its replacement levy and the results apparently speak for themselves. Voters rejected the replacement 2.5 mill levy 52.8 percent to 47.1 percent.
With the rejection, superintendent Bernie Hall said “we’ll have to go back to drawing board, rethink what we need to change what we need to do. We’ll ask the board to put it on again that’s all we can do.”
With the rejection of the 2.5 mill replacement levy—projected to bring in approximately $300,000—the current 1.25 mill levy will remain in place, at least until the issue goes on the ballot in 2013. The revenue it brings to the district is half of the replacement.
With the defeat, the district’s 10-year plan will be taken back a few months.
“We deal with it as best we can,” Hall said. “Some things we had planned will have to go on the back burner, things that will make it better for kids to be educated.”
To educate the residents, the district did not invest much, if anything in signage. Hall said the district had information out in the community and had members of its impact committee making calls.
Hall said he appreciated the support the levy did have though it didn’t win.
To those who didn’t support the levy, Hall said the administration wants to hear why
“We’ve got our ears open,” he said. “They always have been.”
The earliest date the Board of Education could put the measure back on the ballot will be May of 2013. Treasurer Tim Dettwiller said he will have to submit information to the board of elections by Jan. 25, 2013.