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Delaware Area Career Center loses levy in state Supreme Court ruling

The Delaware Area Career Center is likely to put its levy back on the ballot soon after a state Supreme Court ruling. (WSYX/WTTE)

The superintendent of the Delaware Area Career Center is embarking on a new lesson plan after losing their levy in an Ohio Supreme Court ruling this week.

Delaware County voters overwhelmingly passed the levy in 2015 that would provide the career center more than $7 million a year.

However, some of the 1,400 students enrolled at the school come from other districts like Worthington and Westerville.

The levy never made any other county ballot leaving 1,026 affected voters no option to vote.

"This is the first time in the state this situation has happened," superintendent Mary Beth Freeman told ABC 6/FOX 28. "Just an unfortunate situation at the board of elections. It was not anything on our part."

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court determined the levy is no longer valid even though D.A.C.C. is in the middle of a $45 million project of merging its two campuses together.

The new site at the south campus was to open in the fall of 2018 but construction has now stopped.

Freeman said the board approved $9 million to help leave the current construction site in tact.

"We will put the walls up on the outside, we will put on a roof and we will put on a concrete floor," said Freeman.

She said she's looking at the special election in August and the November ballot to present the center's renewal levy to voters once again.

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