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Upper Arlington School District leaders claim win for levy and bond in Issue 43

The operating levy will generate $6.3 million for day-to-day expenses, such as teacher salaries, technology, and transportation. The bond issue would bring in $230 million to rebuild Upper Arlington High School and rebuild and renovate five elementary schools. (WSYX/WTTE)

UPPER ARLINGTON, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- District leaders are claiming a victory for Issue 43.

Dozens gathered in the cafeteria at Upper Arlington High School for a watch party on Tuesday night. Superintendent Paul Imhoff told volunteers, board members and staff he is grateful for their hard work.

"This is an amazing place. This is a night to be proud. This is a night to celebrate. Tonight our community made history," said Imhoff. "A great adventure is ahead of us."

The operating levy will generate $6.3 million for day-to-day expenses, such as teacher salaries, technology, and transportation.

The bond issue would bring in $230 million to rebuild Upper Arlington High School and renovate five elementary schools.

"We are going to engage our community heavily in designing these new and renovated buildings so that our buildings are a reflection of what the community wants. And so we are just getting started," said Imhoff.

Barbara Mcsheffrey voted no on Issue 43. As a senior citizen, the registered dietician is still working and trying to make ends meet. Mcsheffrey wasn't afraid to show a "NO" sign in the front yard of her home. She doesn't think the levy and bond issue are financially responsible.

"If you have to look that far ahead, will they still be going to school? Will they be doing distance learning? I think there's too many unknowns. I don't think it's fair to saddle everybody with a bunch of debt," said Mcsheffrey. "If I want to stay here, do I have enough money to afford to pay my taxes or will I default and I lose my house? That is not just me, but maybe other people too."

Lisa Strausbaugh is a grandmother with children in the district. She campaigned as a volunteer for the levy and bond issue.

"If we don't invest in the future, it's like investing in anything else. As for myself, if I have to cut back on other things, but I will do that for the kids."

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