Anthony Briner of West Carrollton works with a drone in the Miami Valley Career Technology Center’s Robotics & Automation Program. MVCTC is seeking bond money to upgrade its 50-year-old facility, expand programs and update technology. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Voters turn down career center’s building request

The Miami Valley Career Technology Center’s bond issue was narrowly rejected by voters Tuesday night, according to unofficial results from county boards of election.

With more than 27,000 votes cast, the bond levy was rejected by a 52-48 ratio, with all precincts reporting from Montgomery, Preble, Miami, Darke, Warren and Butler counties.

VIDEO: MVCTC Superintendent explains levy

“We are deeply disappointed with the outcome, but we find solace in the commitment of our thousands of supporters who did turn out to vote,” Superintendent Nick Weldy said. “We will take a deep breath, look where we’re at, and I’ll take direction from the board of education. It’ll be their decision ultimately if and when we’re back on the ballot.”

The bond issue would have paid to add classroom space, upgrade technology and improve safety at MVCTC’s 50-year-old campus in Clayton. The state agreed to pay 47 percent of the project if voters approved a 30-year property tax levy for the rest of the funding.

Weldy said MVCTC has to turn away more than 200 students per year because of a lack of space, at a time when many employers say they can’t find enough graduates with technical skills. He said the levy would also help the school add high-tech training equipment for in-demand fields such as precision machining.

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MVCTC serves high school students and adults from 27 local school districts that do not have their own career tech program.

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