Poland, Hubbard school levies OK’d

Staff report


School levies across Mahoning County were winners in Tuesday’s primary election.

Two Poland school district levies – a 5.7-mill renewal for operations and a 1-mill renewal – were overwhelmingly approved by Poland residents.

Unofficial totals showed the 5.7-mill issue passing 1,606 to 880. The unofficial final tally for the 1-mill levy was 1,659 for and 828 against.

School district officials said the larger levy was initially passed and now renewed for emergency operating funds and was first approved five years ago. The smaller levy is specifically for permanent improvements to the district, such as buildings and structures, and anything with a five-year life span, including classroom technologies.

Poland schools Superintendent David Janofa said he appreciates the levies passed, but isn’t surprised by the overwhelming support for the measures.

“Our residents stepped up for the students in Poland schools, and we’re certainly very pleased with the outcomes,” Janofa said.

The Hubbard School District also saw success with passage of a new, 4.8-mills operating levy. The levy was on the ballot in both Trumbull County and a portion of Mahoning County.

In Trumbull County, the unofficial totals were 1,231 votes for the levy and 1,049 votes against. In Mahoning county, eight votes were cast for the levy and eight against.

Hubbard schools Superintendent Raymond Soloman thanked the community for its support.

“On behalf of the Hubbard Exempted Village School District, we want to thank the community in the township and city of Hubbard for voting to keep our schools operating at a level that best meets the needs of all our students,” Soloman said. “We will now be able to maintain the competitive edge that Hubbard schools have to offer.”

In November, a 10-year, 7.1-mill operating levy for the district was rejected by voters. Soloman said the district’s levy committee worked “tirelessly” to ensure the 4.8-mill issue would pass.

Chris Colella, chairman of the levy committee, said the passage would allow the district to continue offering the quality of education parents and students have come to expect from the schools.

“We’re very grateful to the community for their support,” Colella said. “By supporting the district our residents are saying they support our students and their continued education.”

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