Members of the victorious operating levy campaign committee received praise from the Hilliard school board at a Nov. 28 meeting.

Members of the victorious operating levy campaign committee received praise from the Hilliard school board at a Nov. 28 meeting.

Darby High School's media center was filled with levy volunteers, who were in a celebratory mood after finding out last week that the levy won by 210 votes (see the above story). It was a much different scene than the board's previous meeting on Nov. 14, when parents expressed concerns about cuts if it turned out the levy had failed and board members discussed the possibility of being back on the ballot in March.

"This was a year-long campaign for us," said Bobbi Mueller, co-chair of For Hilliard Schools. "There were a lot of people who were a part of this process. We had over a thousand volunteers."

Some of those volunteers were introduced to applause.

"There were a number of people in the room who worked on the (defeated) May levy as well as the November levy, and really have put forth great effort and an enormous amount of time and energy to support our schools and all of the kids who go to Hilliard schools," said Janet Steitz, co-chair of For Hilliard Schools.

Mueller and Steitz thanked the volunteers, as did the school board members and Superintendent Dale A. McVey. "I've not worked with a group of volunteers more passionate," McVey said. "The leadership provided by Janet and Bobbi, you will be forever in my debt."

"We do appreciate it like you would not believe," board president Doug Maggied said. "I know the amount of time you were away from your families for a very good cause."

"The last two weeks have been challenging for a lot of people," board member Lisa Whiting said. "Having just gotten done with Thanksgiving, I'm so thankful that this levy was able to pass. We were able to save jobs and experiences for 15,600 kids in our school district. To me, there is nothing to be more grateful for than that this year."

"I'm very thankful that we have a community that supports our schools," board member Andy Teater said. "It was important for our children."

"One of the best outcomes of the levy is that unless the state zaps us again, we should be able to go three years without having to go through this drill," said board member Paul Lambert. "It means we get to spend the next three years putting all of our energies into the kids in this community, which is what we're here for."

Mueller said she, Maggied and Whiting went to the Franklin County Board of Elections last week to see the official certification of the results.

"The rest of it is kind of a blur because I was texting and trying to get the word out to everyone," Mueller said.