Oak Hills Superintendent: 'Community has spoken loudly'

DELHI TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - It had been 16 years since the Oak Hills School District asked voters to pass a levy.

On Tuesday, 55 percent of voters shot down the 5-year operating levy that would have generated $5.3 million for the district per year.

"Public Schools belong to the community and our community has spoken, and I think they have spoken loudly," said Oak Hills Superintendent Todd Yohey.

"I'm disappointed. I've been in the Oak Hills School District. I went to Oak Hills," said Tracey Hilvert, a parent in the Oak Hills School District. "I thought the community would have supported it a little bit more."

District officials say they must now cut between $1.5-$2 million for fiscal year 2014.

"We are going to see some reductions in some teaching positions. We are going to see some reductions here at central office," said Yohey.

According to the Facebook page for those who voted no on Issue 10, some believe the district has exercised wasteful spending, has an outdated math program and has tolerated bullying.

District officials say the Oak Hills needs revenue, and the school board will discuss putting another levy on the ballot for November.

That discussion will take place at the district's June school board meeting.

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