Education: Thanks to voters for approving school levy

Wood County voters proved once again this week that they understand our young people are worth a little continued sacrifice, if it means providing resources to give them the education they need.

In fact, an astounding more than 72 percent of Wood County voters said yes to renewing the school district’s excess levy. Voters have been saying yes to this levy since 1945; and the most recent support will keep it in place through the 2023-24 school year.

“We’re thrilled to keep the school system moving forward and to continue all of the programs we’ve had in our schools,” said Wood County Schools Superintendent Will Hosaflook.

Administrators and school board members have good reason to be grateful. The levy provides more than $18 million for school programs, and additional positions.

Voters throughout our region made sure schools got what they needed — Pleasants County voters also passed a continuing operating levy; and Roane Countians supported a facilities bond.

“It’s an exciting time for us and for our students,” said Roane County Superintendent Richard Duncan.

All Mid-Ohio Valley residents should be glad for the assurance that local kids will continue to get “additional resources to address the needs in our schools,” as Wood County Board of Education President Rick Olcott put it.

And so, to the voters who just keep on saying yes, we say, Thank you.