Gahanna Jefferson passes school levy

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GAHANNA, OH (WCMH) – The Gahanna Jefferson Public School District passed its levy Tuesday, sparing the district from having to cut teaching positions.

The levy will also pay for a new elementary school.

The school’s superintendent, Stephen Barrett, says the levy is an urgent need for the district, especially to help address overcrowding as Jefferson Township continues to grow.

“We talked with folks, we deliberated. We’ve started out with a different plan and we adjusted the plan based on what we were hearing from folks in our community,” said Barrett.

The combined 5.5 mill bond and operating levy will cost $16 per month on a $100,000 home.

The levy will also allow the district to maintain class sizes and academic offerings, among other things.

“We’re going to build a new elementary school. we’re going to renovate classrooms in all K-8 buildings, and media centers in all K-8 buildings and restrooms in all K-8 buildings. So, we’re really, really excited. we’re really grateful,” said Barrett.

In 2017, the district cut $1.3 million from the budget in order to extend a levy that passed in 2011.

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