Thursday, March 18, 2004

Batavia's levy victory called model for schools

By Karen Vance
Enquirer contributor

BATAVIA - The Batavia Local School District's successful campaign to get voters to approve a 6.9-mill operating levy March 2 could be a model for other districts, more than half of which saw their ballot issues go down in defeat.

The Batavia school levy passed with 61.75 percent of the vote - the largest margin for any district asking for new money in Ohio, according to preliminary research, said Batavia Superintendent Gary Brooks.

Locally, 11 of 19 school issues were rejected in the March primary.

In some cases, Brooks and other officials met with as few as eight to 10 people in a house in a neighborhood, most of them with no children.

"I think we very clearly brought a lot of voters above and beyond our parents," he said.

Webb also stressed the importance of student involvement. More than 100 high school students participated, going door-to-door and making signs. And on one day, about 60 middle school students organized themselves and walked the village with Brooks, going door-to-door.


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