Clear Fork superintendent, school board president respond to controversial sign

CLEAR FORK VALLEY — The presence of a controversial sign posted outside Bellville has spurred reaction by Clear Fork schools superintendent Janice Wyckoff and school board president Kyle Beveridge.

The sign, on State Route 97, which went up this week near the Clear Fork middle and high schools, suggests Wyckoff should be terminated. It also refers to a petition on the website The sign is on the right of way of a public road and was removed as of Thursday evening.

When asked to respond to the sign, Wyckoff said: “Anyone in a public position faces scrutiny by the public.”

The petition remains available on the website, but is closed, and the petition itself is more than a year old, as are the comments associated with the petition.

Clear Fork school board president, said in an email: “Any person in public office is subject to public scrutiny. But it also bears the responsibility of any person making statements criticizing that public official to back them up with facts, and not rumors, innuendos and personal vendettas.”

The Bellville Star does not know who put the sign up, nor who removed it, although the sign includes a small notation at the bottom that a wildlife camera is photographing occurrences.