School ReferendumThe final vote on proposed referendum for the Plymouth  Schools has put a halt to a tax increase that school administrators had earmarked for student safety initiatives, mental health support and programs and to attract and retain teachers. The final numbers showed 875 or 34.95 percent of those voting in the primary favored moving ahead with the referendum, while those in opposition totaled 1,559 votes or 64.05 percent. Any person living in the Plymouth School district could cast a vote on the matter if they were registered voters.

If the referendum had passed, there could have been an increase of up to $ .19 per $100 of assessed valuation for eight years.

PCSC Superintendent Andy Hartley spoke briefly after the final numbers were released saying, “I want to express my sincere appreciation to all of the volunteers who spent their time and energy toward the effort.” “Despite the outcome, I am confident in our purpose to have a positive impact in the lives of kids and that every one of our teachers and staff will continue their commitment to our students every day.”

Carol Anders Correspondent