The results are in from the Clear Fork Local School Board’s official elementary school survey for residents of the school district.
A plurality of 49.8 percent of those who returned their survey are in favor of constructing two new elementary schools, one Bellville and Butler respectively.
Members of the Clear Fork School Board met for a work session on Oct. 27 to discuss the survey’s results. During the meeting representitives from Bellville, Butler and Worthington Twp. expressed their desire to have elementary schools remain in the two adjoining villages.
School board members also were in favor of the option popular with village officials.
“Comments from the board members were generally supportive of building two buildings,” Clear Fork School Board President Jim DeSanto said.
The most popular in the series of three choices was outlined by project manager Josh Predovich of SHP Leading Design, at a public meeting on Oct. 21.
The project calls for construction of two new facilities in both Bellville in Butler, which would be in consistent fashion with the current Clear Fork elementary system.
“We would split the elementary students in the district down the middle,” Pedrovich said. “That would put about 387 students in Bellville Elementary and 387 students in Butler.”
The estimated state share of construction costs would be about $17 million, and the estimated local share would be about $9.9 million.
The project can be funded with a 20-year extension of the district’s current tax levy.
The Clear Fork School Board will meet Nov. 12 to vote on the elementary issue.
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