Oakwood City Schools continued its 35-year winning streak with levies Tuesday night.
Just six month after the city’s voters approved a property tax hike for city services, they approved a 5.75-mill continuous levy for additional school operating expenses.
With 100 percent of the vote in, the levy had 58 percent support, according to unofficial results from the Board of Elections. View more area election results.
“It’s heartening that this community continues to support our schools. Now it’s our job to make sure we honor that support by doing the best job educating our students we can,” said first-year superintendent Kyle Ramey.
“We’ve got a great product and we’re happy the voters agree,” he said.
The tax hike will cost homeowners $201 more per $100,000 of property valuation and generate $1.73 million annually.
“It was tough following a city levy so closely,” Ramey said. “It was more difficult than some levies in the past. I think it helped that gas prices were down and the federal government was back to work.”
Oakwood Schools have enjoyed a lot of great publicity this year, earning high rankings in three national magazines.
The last time an Oakwood Schools levy was defeated was in 1978, although a bid to establish a 1 percent income tax for schools was voted down in 1990.
It had been three years since the district’s last levy passed.
Administrators said the additional money is needed to cover cost increases of textbooks, teaching materials, technology, utilities and salaries. Faculty and staff pay has been frozen for two years, but a new performance-based evaluation plan has been instituted this year.
Oakwood voters also elected three school board members, including incumbent Michael Miller.
Linda Woods received the most votes among four candidates and Cassie Darr edged Caroline Gentry by 18 votes for the third spot on the board.
Miller said that now that the district has selected a new superintendent, he wants to focus on improving technology in the classroom and fine-tuning the district’s compensation program.
Two other current members did not seek new terms. Vice president Chris Epley ran for the Oakwood Municipal judgeship and Elizabeth Reger did not run.
Gentry ran unsuccessfully against State Rep. Jim Butler (R-Oakwood) for the 41st District seat last November.
OAKWOOD CITY SCHOOLS
Levy details: 5.75-mill continuous levy for current operating expenses. It would cost the owner of a $100,000 home $201 per year and generate $1.73 million annually.
Year-end enrollment: 2,069
State report card indicators met for 2012-13: 24 out of 24.
Previous state report card ratings: “Excellent” for 2011-12, “Excellent with Distinction” for 2010-11, 2009-10, 2008-9 and 2007-8; “Excellent” for 2006-7.
Administrators’ average salary: $106,699. (State average $76,037)
Classroom teachers’ average salary: $69,925. (State average: $57,904)
Expenditure per pupil: $11,589.
Revenue per pupil: $11,147.
Source: Ohio Department of Education (FY 2012), Oakwood City Schools.