Voters in the Newcomerstown Exempted Village School District narrowly approved the 9.2-mill renewal tax levy for current expenses last Tuesday.

Tuscarawas County voters approved the measure 342 votes for the levy and 277 against the levy, or 55 percent to 45 percent, respectively.

"I'm extremely happy. We can keep educating the children of Newcomerstown without cutting services," Newcomerstown Superintendent Jeff Staggs said. "We can continue to be good stewards of the money."

Meanwhile, voters in Guernsey County who cast votes on the Newcomerstown school levy voted 16 for the levy and 20 against. Coshocton County residents who also voted on the school levy voted 22 for the levy and 24 against the measure.

"I'm very thankful to the people of the district as we continue to give a quality education without cutting programs," Staggs said.

Collection on the levy will commence in 2011 and be first due in 2012.

The levy was first approved by voters in 1991 and generates approximately $643,000 a year for normal operating expenses in the district.