Loveland, Ohio – In a press release issued at 9:54 PM tonight, the Loveland Board of Education said they will, reflect on the levy loss, determine their next steps, and ascertain what the community will support going forward. The District placed a combined 16.78-mill Operating and Bond levy on today’s ballot.
The release said:
Loveland Board of Education to Reflect on Levy Loss, Determine Next Steps
Unofficial election results show that the Loveland City School District’s combined operating and permanent improvement/bond ballot issue did not pass, according to Dr. Amy Crouse, superintendent. If passed, the levy would have provided funds for the day-to-day operations of the school district; repairs, renovations, and upgrades to out-of-date facilities; and a new campus for students in Pre-K through fifth grade.
“Certainly we are disappointed, but we respect the decision that voters made today,” stated Dr. Crouse. “Right now, I am very grateful to our supporters and to the hundreds of residents who worked very hard alongside our board and administration to develop our plan and communicate the needs to the greater community.”
The ballot issue was put forth after extensive vetting and research through a master facility planning process. The final facility plan that emerged was approved by the Loveland Board of Education in April 2019.
“No one wins when our schools lose, and with the levy setback, the needs remain,” said Art Jarvis, Board of Education president. “As for immediate next steps, we will reflect on the vote and the needs in the district and ascertain what the community will support going forward. We have urgent facility and operating issues, but this was not the plan the voters wanted.”
Jarvis also noted his appreciation for those who helped throughout the facilities process and the community volunteers. “Ultimately, these schools belong to the community and it is up to our residents to determine the kind of school system they want. We had a very transparent process with extensive community involvement and we are thankful to all of those who participated, especially from the earliest days. Thank you, also, to our tireless supporters and volunteers.”