ME voters support levy renewal

Rindler, Accurso and Fellers to serve on BOE

By Melanie Yingst -

MIAMI COUNTY — Voters in the Miami East Local Schools District supported a levy renewal with 1,351 votes for the levy and 786 against the levy, according to unofficial results on Tuesday.

The results reflect 100 percent of the precincts reporting.

The board of education voted to seek a renewal of the district’s five-year, 3.5-mill general operating levy last summer.

According to Superintendent Dr. Todd Rappold, the majority of the funds from this levy is generated by public utilities.

“We are very appreciative. It’s a team effort at Miami East and we are appreciative of our community’s continued support,” said Rappold on Tuesday. “I think our community realizes that even if they don’t have kids in the school district, there is still a huge benefit to having good schools, so we are very appreciative.”

The levy provides the district approximately $50,000 per year.

In previous reports, Treasurer Lisa Fahncke explained that a residential property owner would not see a decrease or an increase whether the levy passed or failed, due to the 20-mill floor school funding formula. However, the district would lose the additional $50,000 provided through the utility services if the levy is not renewed.


Miami East Local Schools’ Board of Education will welcome Mike Rindler to the board of education. Incumbents Kevin Accurso and Brandon Fellers will return to serve a four-year term on the board of education.

Fellers received 1,229 votes, Rindler 1,075 votes and Accurso earned 1,143 votes.

Resident Shelly Davis also ran for the board of education seat. She earned 974 votes.

Current board member Mark Davis is retiring from board service after 16 years of service at the end of the year.

Rindler, Accurso and Fellers to serve on BOE

By Melanie Yingst