Counties Pass Levies

MOUNDSVILLE – Voters approved spending $82 million over the next five years to help operate Marshall County’s public schools by renewing the operating levy, much to the delight of schools Superintendent Fred Renzella.

“We won, simply because the folks who supported us know what we do for the kids each and every day,” he said.

“We ask those who opposed us to now come out and support our kids. Be a part of the winning team,” added Board of Education President Roger Lewicki.

Tyler County voters also approved a renewal levy to spend about $10 million over the next five years to fund the county’s public school system. Superintendent Robin Daquilante thanked voters for their support.

“We’ve never had a levy fail. This levy has been in place since 1949,” she said.

Saturday’s passage of levies in Marshall and Tyler counties follows Friday’s action by Wetzel County voters to renew a levy to provide that school district about $5.68 million each year, totalling $28.4 million over five years.

Marshall County

The Marshall County levy passed by a vote total of 2,973 for to 1,969 against. Roughly 22.3 percent of the county’s 22,134 registered voters turned out for the election.

“We appreciate all of this support. But right now, our thoughts and prayers are with the families dealing with the horrible tragedy in Connecticut,” Lewicki said.

The Marshall County election had no glitches this time around, County Clerk Jan Pest said, after several issues surfaced during the November general election.

The levy renewal comes just as the new Cameron High/Middle School is finally ready to open.

The Marshall County levy will provide $16.43 million to the school district every year for five years, which will total $82.16 million during the period.

The levy will cost 22.95 cents per $100 of assessed value for Class I properties; 45.9 cents per $100 in value for Class II properties, which is owner-occupied housing; and 91.8 cents per $100 in value for Class III and IV properties.

Tyler County

In Tyler County, the five-year, $10 million renewal levy passed with 83 percent support among those voting. Unofficial results place the tally at 664 votes for the levy to 135 against.

Only 12.9 percent of the county’s 6,174 registered voters turned out to vote on the measure.

The levy will be used for supplies, employee benefits, transportation, library services, student organizations, coaching and other operational expenses, she said.

In her third year as superintendent, Daquilante said the supplemental funding will assist her county in tackling one of its biggest challenges: students with special learning needs.

“The biggest challenge we have, and we do a very good job of handling it, is that we see more and more children with special learning needs, and that can lead to our schools needing class settings with fewer numbers of students per teacher, and that’s a cost we have to pick up outside of the state’s school aid formula,” she said.