The vote was close, but the Akron Schools levy was narrowly rejected by voters in Tuesday's election results.
Unofficial returns show that the 5.5 mill levy - Issue 14 - lost by just a few hundred votes.
Akron school superintendent David James says that unless the result changes in final returns, the district has, as he put it, "a lot of work to do".
"So, we'll have some real difficult decisions to make, and we'll work with the board on coming to some recommendations," James tells AkronNewsNow.com, "and we'll be working with them very soon on doing that."
James says that the district wants to impact the classroom "as little as possible", but there's a $22 million gap to fill each year without the levy's passage.
He says they'll have to look at many costly things - including cuts that would affect personnel.
"We'll have to look at some of our health insurance plans, then look at personnel," James says, "because we're in the people business, and that's a large part of our budget."
James says the district wants to limit cuts to its programs, if at all possible with the large budget gap.
"You look at our STEM program, our performing arts program, IB program," James says, listing some of the district's best known programs, "we don't want to see those cut, or, sports, arts and music."
James thanked levy supporters and those who helped with the levy campaign, saying it was the right decision to go with a lower millage. James says with a much larger millage, "we're not even here (tonight)."
And despite not getting the win, unless provisional ballots and an official count overturn the unofficial returns, James says the vote count was pretty good, considering economic conditions.