Clear Fork school levy headed for approval

By Chris Pugh -

It appears that the way is cleared for two new elementary schools to be constructed in Bellville and Butler.

With 85 precincts counted, there are 2,338 votes (61 percent) in favor to 1,476 votes (38 percent) opposed.

The existing levy was set to expire at the end of 2017 and is not a new tax. Money generated from the levy would also go towards school operating costs: for supplies, busing, books and teachers.

“The members of the Levy Committee and supporters in the Valley are pleased about the passage of the levy,” Clear Fork Board of Education President Jim DeSanto said. “Our committee chairs did an outstanding job of leading a positive and transparent campaign, I’m happy to be part of that.”

The school will work with the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission.

“We anticipate being a year away from breaking ground,” DeSanto said. “Our first step is selecting an architect.”

By Chris Pugh