By Kristin Bednarski
Batavia Local School District officially passed a bond issue and operational tax levy after election results were certified Nov. 27.
Superintendent Jill Grubb and Treasurer Michael Ashmore attended the certification and anxiously awaited the final count after provisional ballots and additional absentee ballots were added to the total number of votes.
Prior to the official certification, the 7.26 mill levy was passing by only 44 votes with 221 provisional ballots in the district left to count.
After provisional and additional absentee ballots were counted, votes shifted more in the district’s favor with 116 provisional voters in favor of the levy and 64 provisional voters against the levy.
Total votes were 2,638, or 50.92 percent, of voters in favor of the levy and 2,543, or 49.08 percent, of voters opposed to the levy. With a difference of 95 votes, the issue was not close enough to qualify for an automatic recount.
Grubb cheered when she heard the results, and said she was relieved to finally know the bond issue had passed.
“We were staying positive that even with the provisional it would stay positive,” Grubb said about the bond issue.
Grubb said at this point they will begin working with the Ohio School Facilities Commission, which is now part of the Ohio School Facilities Construction Commission, to begin plans on a new elementary school for the district.
The new elementary school will be located on the high school property and a separate entrance will be added to the campus.
Ashmore said they will begin working to solidify an architect for the new building and work on a project agreement.
He said everything will begin rolling in the next couple of months.
The 4.51 mill bond issue passed by voters allows the school district to provide the needed match to receive funding from the state for a new building. The 2.75 mill operational levy that went along with the bond issue ensures the district will be able to support operations with the new school coming in.
The district began talks about asking voters to pass a bond issue and levy more than a year ago because of overcrowding and other issues at the elementary school.
For updates about the new building visit www.bataviaschools.org.