By Ryan Ottney
November 6, 2013
Ryan Scott Ottney
PDT Staff Writer
LUCASVILLE — The Scioto County Career Technical Center (SciotoTech) had a successful Tuesday night, with the passing of a renewal levy with 7,103 votes.
“We are always grateful to the citizens of the county for their trust in the district. We feel honored by the support shown and will do everything in our power to make sure these permanent improvement dollars are spent appropriately. The students and staff of the Career Center wish to thank everyone for the vote to continue permanent improvements within the district and hope we are always a good value to this generation and those to come,” said SciotoTech Superintendent Stan Jennings.
The 1.0 mil permanent improvement levy has been on the books in Scioto County for more than 20 years — when the school was still called the “Joint Vocational School” — and has to be renewed every five years. The money collected in this levy can only be used to construct, add to, or repair buildings and equipment. It cannot be used for operating costs such as wages, utilities, and insurance.
Some of the work planned with this renewal money, Jennings said, includes paving and adding a new parking lot, and continuing to upgrade and expand services.
“The rest of it will be used for finalization of our renovation from a few years ago. The state, during that process, required that you put money aside for maintenance. So every year we have to put $150,000 aside. This would finalize that and it would be something else we didn’t have to take out of the general fund,” Jennings said.
The final vote Tuesday evening was 7,103 for the renewal levy, and 4,403 against.
“You always go into this not knowing. So you’re always on pins and needles,” Jennings said. “I’m always humbled by the support. We want the population-base to understand that we want to be good caretakers. We want this to be something they continue to support. The bottom line product is, our students when they leave us, are better than when they came to us, and hopefully towards employment.”
For more information about the Scioto County Career Technical Center, visit them online at www.sciototech.org or call 740-259-5522.
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