Yellow Springs voters OK 7-mill school levy

Seventh-graders from McKinney Middle School in Yellow Springs stop for a lesson during a recent three-day bicycle trip. Yellow Springs schools, which focus strongly on project-based learning, have a 7-mill renewal levy on the May 2 ballot. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

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Seventh-graders from McKinney Middle School in Yellow Springs stop for a lesson during a recent three-day bicycle trip. Yellow Springs schools, which focus strongly on project-based learning, have a 7-mill renewal levy on the May 2 ballot. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

Voters in Yellow Springs easily approved the renewal of a 7.0-mill school levy Tuesday.

With more than 1,000 votes counted, 81 percent of voters favored of the renewal.

The levy, first approved in November 2012, raises $915,000 per year, or about 11 percent of the district’s general fund. The renewal would keep that funding stream going for the next eight years, while keeping tax rates the same for district property owners.

The Yellow Springs school district is also in the process of deciding whether to put a bond issue on the ballot in 2018 to renovate its existing schools or build new ones. The district would qualify for a portion of that project to be state-funded.

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