Lorain City Schools Pass Crucial $3 Million Levy

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LORAIN, Ohio -- The financially strapped Lorain City Schools finally passes its first levy in more than two decades.

Now with Issue 39 passed by the voters, Lorain City Schools' Superintendent Tom Tucker says he is very relieved.

"Now we can get back to the business of educating students," says Tucker.

The financially strapped school district with a $4.7 million deficit will now get $3.12 million annually for seven years by the levy. 

Voters haven't approved a levy since 1992, and five have been defeated since 2008 but this year that's a different story.

The levy will cost home owners with a $75,000 home 30 cents a day, which works out to $108 dollars a year. 

"We didn't ask for a large amount, we asked for the smallest amount in the last 20 years. It gets through some of our financial shortfalls; we still have to make some adjustments. We still have to right the district a little bit but it helps us quite a bit," says Tom Tucker Lorain City schools Superintendent.

Now that voters have approved Issue 39, the Lorain City Schools will be able to bring back full day kindergarten which some voters we spoke to really appreciate.

"I'm so happy it passed ‘cause at least I can take my grandson to that's in kindergarten to full day," says grandmother Nollie Cabrera of Lorain.

Rich Deptula lives right down the street from Frank Jacinto Elementary School and approves of the levy.  

"I've always supported Lorain schools and I'm thrilled so many years of the levy bot passing had to see something positive for the city of Lorain," says Deptula.

Superintendent Tom Tucker says he's hoping to have full day kindergarten back by the holiday break. The Lorain City Schools will also look into re-instating high school busing for some of the students that were having a difficult time getting across town to their schools.

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