School board president outlines plans

CLEAR FORK VALLEY — The new head of the Clear Fork Valley School District Board of Education has a broad agenda of things he wants to see happen in the area.

Kyle Beveridge, just elected president of the board, said his idea will hopefully “make Clear Fork the best” within this geographical location.

Amy Weekley was elected vice president of the board. Beveridge said he supports her idea to promote “literacy advocacy,” involving enhancing the schools’ curricula.

The financial situation for the district also needs to be worked on, Beveridge said. He points to the 44 acres the school district owns, in Hamilton Hills. He said there are “opportunities there” but they have yet to be determined.

He is interested in working with robotics labs in the schools. The use of Chrome books needs to be examined so they can be used in the “most efficient manner.”

And, “right now,” said Beveridge, the district needs to finish construction of the two new elementary buildings, in Butler and Bellville.

It had been determined in school board meetings last year the older building on Hines Avenue would be torn down.

Beveridge said he thinks that idea should be put on hold.

If the district gets lots of enrollment there may be a need for that building, Beveridge said.

Beveridge’s ideas are based on the idea the school district should be “competitive.”

“If you don’t strive to be the best, what do you strive to be?” he said.

He said some people “dream life’ but that he believes people should “live life.”

Some of his ideas will probably not be dealt with immediately, he said, but may be examined in the next six months.

Beveridge said he has examined what can be done under the Ohio Revised Code and his ideas include “some things that have not been done in the state of Ohio.”

If the “door is a little open” they need to “push it open further,” he said.

A community can “tax or grow a way” to accomplish goals, he said.

He is not for imposing any new taxes on the community, he said.

Beveridge is president of an investment firm. He previously served on the board from 1995 through 1998.

In campaigning for the board, Beveridge said one realtor has told him 30 lots could be made out of the 44 acres in Hamilton Hills.

If that were to bring 30 new households to the area, there would be more income tax available.

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