Akron levy defeated, cuts loom

AKRON, Ohio - Akron school officials say that they're now forced to think about layoffs, building closures and cuts in extracurricular activities.

That's after voters on Tuesday narrowly defeated a levy that would have raised more than $23 million for the struggling school system. The district must eliminate big deficits or face state takeover.

Elsewhere, voters in the Columbus suburb of Hilliard have approved the district's fourth attempt at a bond issue to pay for a new high school. Not far away in Worthington, voters turned down a third levy request in five years.

A levy passed in western Ohio's Mississinawa Valley Local School District, where the superintendent recently cut his pay 10 percent to help save money.

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