UPDATE: Bond Issue for Strongsville Schools

Issue 116 ends Election Day in defeat, but is passing in the morning


NOTE: This story has been updated Nov. 7 with new figures.

With all 36 precincts counted, the Strongsville School District's bond issue appeared to have lost by 83 votes, but new figures available Wednesday morning show the issue has passed by 28 votes. 

However, there will be a recount and provisional votes may not have not been counted.

The final tally was 11,006 against Issue 116 and 10,923 in favor, according to unofficial results from the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections. On Wednesday morning, the vote is shown at 11,222 for and 11,194 against.

Here is a statement by Superintendent John Krupinski:

"It is a great day for our district, the Strongsville community, but more importantly, it is a great day for our students.

We want to thank our community for their support of Issue 116. We especially thank our volunteers, our Board of Education, PTA Council, and the broad group of supporters we had throughout our community. Their dedication and hard work was critical to our success.   Special thanks to:  Tom Laub and Pat Pell, co-chairs of our Campaign Committee, for their leadership and tireless effort throughout the campaign and to Mayor Thomas Perciak for his support and endorsement.

We appreciate the support of our community and the trust they have placed in our district.  We will continue to report to the community all progress on this important project to ensure integrity and accountability.

With the passage of the Bond Issue we are now able to upgrade our high school, attend to critical repairs at our elementary schools, update technology, and build a new middle school. We can address serious facility concerns while continuing to provide the high-quality, cost-effective education Strongsville residents expect.  We are proud of our “Excellent with Distinction” State Report Card rating.

We will continue to work each day to provide the best education possible for each and every student.

Once again – THANK YOU!"

Issue 116, the $81 million bond issue, would pay to construct a new middle school on the site of the existing Center Middle School; make significant upgrades to Strongsville High School, including improvements to technology; and make safety- and comfort-related repairs to the elementary schools.

Krupinski said combining the two middle schools into one would save at least $1.5 million a year in operating costs.

The timing of the 33-year issue was considered crucial. Because two existing bond issues that cost $77 a year for every $100,000 in home valuation are expiring, a homeowner would see taxes rise only about $25 a year -- $2.09 a month -- per $100,000 in valuation.

Supporters said having to sell a bond issue without recapturing expiring money would be much more difficult. 

Emmanuel Bagirov November 07, 2012 at 01:47 AM
"Supporters said having to sell a tax that would raise raxes $100" Raxes?
Julie Lawson November 07, 2012 at 01:03 PM
Can you please update this story? The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections website shows this Issue passing 11,222 to 11,194 as of 2 AM. Does that include all absentee and provisional ballots? Will there be a recount? When will we have final, official results?
Luke November 08, 2012 at 12:51 AM
Krupinski..... Before you thank everyone you better make sure it passes! Pretty sure there is a mandatory recount when elections are this close
Michelle Mercuri November 08, 2012 at 01:01 AM
My understanding is that provisional ballots will not be counted for 10 days post-election (the 16th). That said, the above article indicates that "The final tally was...", and nowhere on the CC Board of Elections site does it state that ANY of the results are final. Especially when the numbers are as close as these are, we need to allow the CCBOE to go through their process and respect the results. I can't remember ever having a local (Strongsville) vote potentially come down to provisional ballots, but this one might. I think we've all been reminded that every vote truly counts. Almost 2000 people did not cast a vote at all on this issue, even though they submitted a ballot. Just those votes alone would have made a huge difference.


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