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Edison set to eliminate 'pay-to-participate' fees

Alissa Widman Neese • May 12, 2013 at 9:17 AM

Eight years and eight unsuccessful levy attempts for Edison Schools culminated Tuesday in just a handful of “yes” votes to provide the margin of victory.

After securing new operating money for the first time since 2005, district officials are looking ahead with optimism and secure finances through at least 2016.

“I’m so happy and excited for the children of the district,” superintendent Tom Roth said. “It’s just a wonderful thing to see so many people in the community join together, work hard and make this a reality for them.”

Voters approved a five-year, 7.9-mill emergency operating levy by 87 votes Tuesday — 72 in Erie County and 15 in Huron County, according to unofficial election results. The levy will generate $1.8 million annually for the district’s day-to-day expenses. Its budget is about $14 million.

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