Superintendent Garilee Ogden has pledged frugality and transparency to district residents after voters gave their overwhelming approval Nov. 5 to Groveport Madison Schools' 6.68-mill renewal levy (Issue 7).

"Our taxpayers can be assured that we will continue to be thrifty and cautious in the use of their investment," she said. "We don't take your trust in us lightly, and we will continue to be fully transparent in all of our financial dealings."

According to final unofficial results from the Franklin County Board of Elections, the levy was approved by a tally of 4,260 votes (67%) to 2,055 votes (33%).

The renewal levy is expected to generate $5.6 million each year for district operations and will not increase property taxes. This means, according to district information, that much of the funding will go toward maintaining the district's facilities and educational materials on a day-to-day basis.

Groveport Madison officials will also use funds from the levy to generate more opportunities for the district's teaching staff in the form of professional development programs, said Jeff Warner, the district's director of communications

According to Ogden, the funds from Issue 7 will be an investment in the district's students because its passage will allow the district to maintain the educational opportunities it currently provides.

"Issue 7 is more than paying the electric and water bills," Ogden said in a news release. "It's about providing our teachers, staff and administrators with the resources they need to continue the gains in student achievement that we've made over the past five years.

"Issue 7 is about investing in our children, their future, and the future of the Groveport Madison community."