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BASCOM — Voters are to consider the renewal of an emergency income tax levy renewal for Hopewell-Loudon School District Nov. 6.

The five-year levy is to generate $570,000 and funds are to go toward maintaining current staffing, course offerings, programming salaries, utilities and supplies.

“We are not asking for any new money,” Jeff Holbrook, Hopewell-Loudon superintendent, said.

The levy is set to expire in 2019 and if approved, will continue collection in 2020. The levy first was passed in 2008 and again in 2014.

If the levy does not pass, district Treasurer Jenny Hedrick said the administration team would then have to sit down and discuss potential cuts.

Holbrook said he’d like voters to know all the important things Hopewell-Loudon is doing, which is the reason why this levy is so crucial to the district.

According to Ohio Department of Education standards, the district is the highest performing high school in a multi-county area and one of the top performing high schools in the state; has the highest math scores in the state; has in-house College Credit Plus courses; has an “Exceptional” rating in transportation based on safety, efficiency and drop offs by ODE standards; has ACT scores above state average; and has the only Purple Star in the district.

The district also offers Leader in Me at the elementary school; Safety Patrol; one-to-one technology indicative in place; Chrome Crew for kids; broadcasting channel; and the high school has the largest National Honor Society class in 2018 in the history of Hopewell-Loudon.