TCS renewal passes

Voters continued to support Tiffin City Schools Tuesday with passage of a renewal levy.

The levy was approved by 2,254 votes, or about 65.6 percent, according to unofficial results.

The 4.2-mill levy is for 10 years and is to generate $1.6 million annually. It is to cost the owner of a $100,000 home $11 a month.

“We are very excited that the community continues to support our schools,” said Tiffin City Schools Superintendent Gary Barber. “We are thankful for every one for their commitment.”

Barber said the district is grateful for the community, which continues to answer the district’s call when it needs additional resources.

Funds generated are to go toward general district operations, including transportation needs, utilities, maintenance, safety and security needs, staffing, technology, teaching materials and equipment.

Voters originally approved the levy in 2004 for 5 mills.

Barber had said the district spends $3,000 less per pupil than the state average and the district has a graduation rate 12.5 percent above the state average. Third-grade reading in the district also is 20 percent above the state average, he said.