The vote for the Manchester Local Schools’ 36-year, 8.3-mill bond issue and 0.5-mill levy was extremely close - 1,322 for and 1,347 against - but it looks like it is once again will be defeated.

However, the results won’t be confirmed until August 19, giving the district a glimmer of hope.

"We are down by 15 (votes)," said Manchester Local School Superintendent Dr. James Robinson on Tuesday. "But there are 27 provisional ballots to be verified and absentee ballots to count. It is not official yet."

If passed, the bond issue would have raised $30.5 million locally toward building a new elementary and high school and renovation of the existing middle school. The Ohio Facilities Construction Commission had offered to provide $17 million to cover the remainder of the $47 million project.

"We need new facilities, so until (the bond issue/levy) passes, we have not accomplished our goal even though there has been great community involvement," he said.

To promote Issue 5, The Citizens for Education Committee went door to door, mailed flyers and helped residents understand how to calculate their proposed property tax. A website - - showed photos of the poor conditions and lack of security at all three buildings.

Robinson stated earlier that the district will have to keep trying to maintain the current buildings. An Issue 5 mailer stated that the estimated cost to repair old buildings would be $32 million, funded solely by the community. 

Voters in the school district defeated the same measure - then called Issue 18 - by 85 votes during the March primary.

In 2009, voters in the school district defeated an 8.46-mill bond issue and 0.5-mill levy by a vote of 1,260 against and 979 for. The OFCC had also offered state money if that issue had been approved.

The school board meets for it monthly meeting at 6:30 pm, Aug.16.