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Voters Say No at Polls

Bellaire, Bridgeport, Switzerland districts’ ballot issues voted down

May 8, 2013

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — St. Clairsville voters passed both a school levy and a park levy Tuesday, while school levies in Bellaire, Bridgeport and the Switzerland of Ohio school districts were rejecte....

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May-08-13 5:53 AM

Tony Scott should be fired immediately and his school board cronies run out of town on a rail.

This is the SIXTH attempt at passing a levy in less than three years. Give it up! It is a waste of tax dollars and it is never going to happen!

Scott even admits that they slipped the levy into this election in the hope that smaller turnout would carry the day, much like Marshall County's sneaky levy plan.

Maybe the superintendent could start by cutting his own pay by 50% if he is so worried about money.

Bellaire is a poor district populated by many students whose parents are losers who have never contributed in any meaningful way to the bottom line. When you have so many takers and so few givers, you will indeed have budget problems. Maybe they should start teaching students in Bellaire about personal responsibility, self-respect, work ethic, not making babies until you can support them, and the value of education.

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May-08-13 7:32 AM

It definitely was a “snake-in-the-grass” attempt to pass the levy. I hope this is not an example of what they are teaching YOUR children in the district. I voted NO and will continue to vote NO!!!

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May-08-13 8:37 AM

I'm curious as to why the schools need so much money when the Ohio Lottery is supposed to help fund them. Log onto the lottery website and see how much money the lottery has generated: it's in the billions, so where is it all going?

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May-08-13 9:23 AM

Tony Scott, have you stopped to consider maybe any of those 1800 affirmative votes last election may have changed his or her mind on this ongoing battle? This is the SIXTH defeat. Personally I have and will continue to vote NO on this levy. Does anyone realize how much this costs to put on a special election. Who is paying for this? Anyone who owns property aka taxpayer and who must work for a living meaning pay for your bills with your own hard earned money should realize what is going on. We just do not have any more to give.

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May-08-13 10:25 AM

My wife and I voted NO for the Switzerland of Ohio School District Levy. The economy has forced us to further tighten our financial belts. I see no effort from the School District to do the same that every working/property owner family has had to do. We as a nation have spent more on the "education" of "The Children" than most nations and the result of throwing money down the education "rat hole" has not improved the situation.

When an eight grader cannot tell me the square root of 4, from what country did the United States win its independence, what country did the United States fight against in the Civil War, they continue to say "I seen" instead of "I saw" or "I have seen", what is the next number in the sequence 3,5,7,11,..., and the list goes on.

The educational system is turning out functional illiterates who cannot make change at McDonalds when the cash register is not working.

Money will not solve this problem.

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May-08-13 11:05 AM

Yet St Clairsville's passed by over a 2-1 margin...

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May-08-13 1:48 PM

It's nice to see that some voters are reading betwee the lines and seeing how the school boards have been deceiving them in the past. It's always "For The Kids" But who/what is the money really for?

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May-08-13 5:08 PM

Quiz, you make some valid points re: the low standard of public education. However, a sizable degree of that criticism should be directed at the families as well as the schools. Kids brought up in households where substandard English is spoken and where there is little or no emphasis on gaining a good education make it difficult for public school teachers to make headway. Students who spend a large amount of their time watching "reality" shows on TV and playing mind numbing video/computer games have room for little else in their virtual world.

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May-08-13 11:29 PM

When the first levy was placed on the ballot for the sake of “the kids”, there was a teacher with a sign in their car that read “Support The Teachers”. Seriously…? Spoke volumes to me!

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May-09-13 12:05 AM

not one cent of public, tax payer, government,treasury income should be wasted on any American individuals education past 9th grade unless they can pass college entry exam at age 14. we must stop encouraging losers to too high for their family and older tax payers wealth source.

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May-09-13 12:10 AM

we outspend most countried for the education industry. if the students can't make the grade, it has to be the school industry problem, not the family or the tax payers.

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May-11-13 1:26 PM

I suggest they open a bank account for donations in Bellaire. Since so many want this levy well lets give the yah sayers a place to put their money where their mouth is. My guess is very few will donate.

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