Grove City, three other Columbus schools will not field athletic teams in the fall

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The lights will be dark at Grove City High School and three other southwest Franklin County high schools this fall after voters in the Southwestern City School District voted down an 8-3-mil operating levy. The levy lost by 2,690 votes on Tuesday.


The lights will be dark at Grove City High School and three other southwest Franklin County high schools this fall after voters in the Southwestern City School District voted down an 8-3-mil operating levy. The levy lost by 2,690 votes on Tuesday.

The district said failure of the measure now requires $8 million in cuts for the upcoming school year, including eliminating athletics and other extra-curricular activities in the district, which includes Grove City, Central Crossing, Westland and Franklin Heights high schools.

The district had already ruled out self-funding for extra-curricular activities during a meeting last month, stating it would be too costly and could not raise enough money, given the number of low-income families that live in the district.

District superintendtent Bill Wise announced after the failure of the measure that a meeting will be held on Monday at 5:30 p.m. at Central Crossing High School for the purpose of getting community feedback.

All four schools are members of the Ohio Capital Conference, which forced athletic directors from the league to meet on Wednesday to start planning on filling holes in the schedule.

While the failure affects hundreds of students in each high school, Grove City is known across central Ohio as one of the best atmospheres for football, packing up to 10,000 spectators on a Friday night.

After a 2-8 finish in 2007, Grove City rebounded last year under first-year coach Matt Jordan to go 6-5 and make the postseason for the first time since 2005. The Greyhounds were expected to return 37 seniors for this season.

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