Bellaire School District levy a ‘critical’ for step for community, students


Bellaire School District Superintendent Darren Jenkins says now is a crucial time for voters ahead of the district’s levy on the May 2 special election ballots.

"It's a critical first step for this community, it’s a critical first step for our young people,” he said. “We're trying.”

The district is hoping to pass a 2.5 mil emergency operating levy next month.

"Coupled with the retirement of the bonds that building our elementary and middle schools and remodeled our current high school, those issues will be going off, and as this issue comes on, it represents a no new tax opportunity for our voters," Jenkins said.

On Monday, the district announced its release from fiscal caution, a status it held for more than 7 years.

Jenkins says the emergency operating levy would allow the district to return programs that were cut during that period.

"It would allow us to restore elementary music, elementary art, elementary physical education," he said.

Jenkins says the revitalization of classes would also allow Bellaire schools to greatly enhance academic learning time for core curriculum courses.

"If we have those specialty elected courses, it would allow our building principals the flexibility to rearrange their master schedules within the buildings," Jenkins said.

It's a move Jenkins believes would be essential in meeting Ohio's controversial accountability standards.

"We're trying to prepare 21st Century learners, lifelong learners, and this is a critical step in that journey," Jenkins said.

You can make your opinion heard at the May 2.

Absentee Voting Hours - May 2, 2017 Election

Tuesday, April 4 through Friday, April 21 (Weekdays) 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Monday, April 24 through Friday, April 28 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Saturday, April 29 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Sunday, April 30 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Monday, May 1 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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