Voters Strike Down Woodridge Local Schools Levy

Issue 5 failed by just 90 votes on Tuesday night; however, another five-year, 6.83-mill levy is on the way this November.

The voters have spoken: Issue 5 has been rejected.

Tonight’s results mark the third levy failure in the last 10 months for the

The next move is to focus on passing a levy identical to Issue 5 in November.

If passed, the five-year, 6.83-mill levy would generate $15 million in revenue and cost homeowners $209 per year for every $100,000 in valuation, said Woodridge Local Schools Superintendent Walter Davis.

In the event the November issue fails, the Woodridge Board of Education would need to approve seven-figure cuts () to keep the budget balanced and in the black through 2015, said Woodridge School treasurer Deanna Levenger.

If approved by the board, the next round of cuts would go into effect on July 1, 2013.  

These are the final unofficial results from the Summit County Board of Elections:


For the Levy*   

Against the Levy*

Issue 5



*Unofficial results

Adam C. Miller August 08, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Jenn Bryson August 08, 2012 at 02:29 PM
but woodridge would LOSE all the PROPERTY TAX money that the owners of the waterford and timber top pay.
Jenn Bryson August 08, 2012 at 02:31 PM
and i'm confused, are you saying that the residents there are currently not allowed to vote for levies, or under "your plan" they would not be allowed to vote for levies?
Adam C. Miller August 08, 2012 at 02:31 PM
Adam C. Miller August 08, 2012 at 02:33 PM
They drive their kids...
Jill Kline August 08, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Mary Hodgson - your personal attacks and accusations are a wonderful example of why no one listens to you. Of all the rumors, to accuse any one in the Graham family of NOT caring about Woodridge - is simply untrue and cruel. Woodridge community - we will be back on in November. I am asking that all the families in all the neighborhoods please be diligent in making sure every voter in every house gets to the polls. One way our community of voters grows is our graduating 18 yr. old children and our college children. PLEASE be sure your children are registered and if they are NOT able to cast their vote here at the polls, they fill out the absentee ballot. One household can have many voters, and we need all of them. I know there are MANY MANY families without children etc that DO support our communities children EVERY time - and we THANK YOU. We need to remember all our voters in EVERY house is how we will pass this levy.
Adam C. Miller August 08, 2012 at 03:01 PM
Check out those links I posted above... There is a Culture of Corruption throughout our state and people will continue to vote down these levies unless there is REAL reform and REAL solutions. Mr. Davis said the union wouldn't accept the terms... either will tax-payers!!!
Betty Sutton August 08, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Adam great points as well.
John Deike August 08, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Ms. Sutton's highly inappropriate comments breached Patch's Terms of Use (http://cuyahogafalls.patch.com/terms) and have been deleted.
Betty Sutton August 08, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Cant handle The Truth..keep deleting it then...cupcakes!
Jesus Christ August 08, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Obama's communist influence sensoring The truth.
John Deike August 08, 2012 at 04:08 PM
No, Betty, it was your use of inappropriate language and comments that could be construed as racist.
Mary Hodgson August 08, 2012 at 04:09 PM
They currently can not vote for Woodridge
Jesus Christ August 08, 2012 at 04:09 PM
This levy will NEVER pass. Hug a tree... I'll bring an ax.
Jesus Christ August 08, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Great points Betty!
Mary Hodgson August 08, 2012 at 04:15 PM
You definately misunderstood my comment. I was not attacking Dr. Graham or any of his family in any way, I said that after his decision to leave he did not care. That is my oppinion. If there where more people who would have left his personal life just that PERSONAL he probible would still be here and Woodridge would not be in this shape. Dr. Graham alway had ideas to get the levies passed so he didn't have to cut jobs! Sorry if I affended anyone! Dr. Graham, was a wonderful Superintendent and he did leave Woodridge high and dry!
Mary Hodgson August 08, 2012 at 04:21 PM
I have not posted any rumors, only the things that I have seen first hand, and that is the truth and many of the woodridge employes or ex-employees can be witness to that! Don't turn this into a personal vendeta, I love Woodridge and have many friends and family in the district that also support Woodridge! I can't vote for Woodridge because I live on the wrong side of the street and after my many years of service at Woodridge that has been what bugged me the most! Not being able to vote for the school that I worked for!
Concerned Citizen August 08, 2012 at 04:23 PM
It is truly sad that people see a vote "no" on a school levy as an opportunity to have Washington, or Columbus, hear their "voices" against modern politics. Why would a responsible parent continue working in a school that pays far less than other districts? They would not. Therefore, if the "no" voters main goal is to drop teachers' pay and benefits to what would be far below those in other districts, 4 things will happen: 1) young teachers will leave Woodridge either by force or by their own accord- to work in a more secure district, and 2) electives, sports and many other opportunities WILL be taken away from students.3) the performance of the District will drop substantially, and 4) property values WILL drop far more than the approx. $210 per $100,000 of home value that this levy would cost. Peoples' logical thought processes are so lost in the polarized politics of the day that they are going to end up causing themselves large problems and sinking a school system. Woodridge Local Schools is not Congress. Administrators, teachers and students in our district are not politicians. This is a district that has managed money very well, that pays its staff wages very comparable to the rest of Ohio. It is not the district's "fault" that it depends on tax money to operate. It is simply a fact. If you are angry with the "system"- then call your congressman. Don't assume that he'll hear your "no" vote on a school levy as some sort of "message" as you sink your school district.
Jenn Bryson August 08, 2012 at 04:59 PM
mary, you are incorrect. i don't know where you've received your information from, but timber top and waterford residents CAN vote for the woodridge levy. i know, i am a timber top resident and a PROUD supporter of the woodridge schools! i voted YES yesterday on issue 5.
Jennifer Shannon August 08, 2012 at 05:00 PM
I've said it before and I'll say it again. Grow up people and use your real names when you post. Don't hide behind pseudonyms. Absolutely no one takes you seriously.
Bradley Gross August 08, 2012 at 05:10 PM
My family and I have owned many properties in Woodridge through the years and still currently own two houses in the district. I'm a graduate of Woodridge (Class of '89). I've been watching Woodridge go down the tubes for years and it has nothing to do with money. You can get a good education at any school if you have your parents pushing you to succeed like I did. Throwing money at a problem is definitely not the answer. I've learned that the hard way in my own businesses. Let me ask you this... if Utah spends almost HALF of what Ohio does on a per student basis... then why do they have better schools than us? If New York spends the most per student on their public schools then why do they consistently rank much lower than Ohio? Bradley Gross
Bradley Gross August 08, 2012 at 05:12 PM
I'll tell you why... Teacher Unions. I personally know two people who retired just a couple of years back that now double-dip in Ohio... One makes almost $80,000 a year for the rest of her life and the other makes almost a $100,000 a year for the rest of her life. Both of these women now have new jobs that almost Double that income.... and guess what? They love living on the taxpayers dime. They're getting rich!! They can't believe the deal they got. Both now drive BMW's, and live in much nicer houses than I do. I work hard. I don't get those kind of golden-parachute retirement benefits... maybe I should have become a teacher. I can teach. I could have had union negotiators working for me to screw the taxpayers like these women did. What was I thinking? Oh that's right, I was raised with the idea that people have to live within their means and didn't expect unreasonable retirement benefits. Didn't it used to be that government workers were happy making less than the private sector, knowing they were serving their communities and had a certain level of job security? Now many public sector workers are making considerably more than their private sector counterparts. We the taxpayers know this.... hence why we voted down this Levy. When times are good... fine, public workers can make more money. When times are not so good, why would should they expect a pay increase? I didn't get one. Why should they?
Jenn Bryson August 08, 2012 at 05:29 PM
such childish behavior- "if i can't have it, neither can you!" you're probably one of those people that thinks every child should get a trophy for participation, right? gotta keep it fair!
Bradley Gross August 08, 2012 at 05:39 PM
No, I teach my children that the Chinese and Indians will eat their lunch if they don't compete at the highest levels in today's global economy. Do you think Chinese teachers make nearly what our teachers do? I can tell you they don't, yet their students are far more prepared for life than our children.
Regina Palmer August 08, 2012 at 05:55 PM
FYI Mary- they do vote for the Woodridge levies because that is the district that they live in. Timbertop and the Waterford are both within the boundaries of the Woodridge district even though they are in the Akron city limits. High Hampton and Cross Creek are also Akron and still Woodridge....same thing.
Lori Dever August 08, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Wow Earl nice job bashing our kids and the way we parent them. I love the personal attacks when you don't live on the district or if you do you are too much of a coward to use your real name. Secondly, I do agree with the benefits Mary, however oh should really learn how to spell before posting your opinions on a public forum. My husband has 33% of his salary taken out to pay for benefits. Third, Dr Graham made a decision to leave the district , who cares, why judge? He and his family still live in the district. I think Mr Davis has performed to the best of his abilities. Once again, why are we pointing fingers. The state funding situation is what is lacking. We need to focus our energy on making changes to that. Not bashing our parenting! Lastly, at Adam, if your"cousins" don't use the bus, they get a check every year if they don't use it. Look it up!
Mohamad Ali August 08, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Bradley...Amen! Someone with inteligence sharing Truth.
Mohamad Ali August 08, 2012 at 06:04 PM
$450 from Woodridge School District a year... Keep wasting your money. I love it!!!
John Deike August 08, 2012 at 06:18 PM
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John Deike August 08, 2012 at 06:53 PM
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