WINTERSVILLE - The Indian Creek Local School District levy received an endorsement from Village Council on Thursday.
Mayor Bob Gale stressed the importance of getting to the polls on Tuesday and voting "yes" for the school levy.
"I've always said that public safety and education are the two backbones of a community," he began. "When potential residents are looking for jobs and relocation, they look at education, health care and public safety. We have a great health care system and great public safety officials. However, we are lacking on infrastructure at the high school. We have made great strides on our elementary schools and junior high school but we need to do something with the high school building."
The district is seeking a bond issue of 3.5 mills for constructing school facilities under the exceptional needs program of the Ohio School Facilities Commission and locally funded initiatives; renovating, improving and constructing additions to existing facilities, including furnishings and equipment; acquiring land and interests in land as necessary, in principle amount of $22 million for 37 years; and additional 1.45 mills for current expenses for five years.
Indian Creek Superintendent John Rocchi previously stated, "These students deserve programs, support and facilities that other students in the state are offered. I urge residents to look outside the box. This is about the kids in Jefferson County. We need schools that can compete and that attract people to live here. Indian Creek has had portable classrooms since the 1960s because our current high school cannot fit the 700 students we serve. The state is currently giving us $8 million to build a new high school, and we are not sure when that will go away if we don't pass this levy."
He stated there are three things to keep in mind regarding the levy: the district is receiving $8 million from the state for a new high school; $5 million will be for renovations of other facilities; and the 1.45-mills will help maintain teachers, support staff and programming.
"I know that times are tough, but our school district needs our support," Gale concluded. "We need a new building and new materials. Please think long and hard about your community and our kids. Please get to the polls on Nov. 6 and support Indian Creek."
Council's vote to support the levy was unanimous.