Buckeye Local, Indian Creek school levies fail

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It was a tough night for a pair of school levies in Jefferson County.

Both the Indian Creek and Buckeye Local levies failed to pass.

Indian Creek asked for capital improvements via a 6.49 mill levy that, with the state’s help, would have paid for the demolition and rebuild of a new high school in Wintersville and a new elementary school at Bantam Ridge.

The district also planned to locally fund renovations at Hills Elementary in Mingo Junction.

Indian Creek Schools Superintendent T.C. Chappelear said he was proud of the community effort to promote the levy, and they’ll have to do some determining on whether to do some future campaigning.

It was 48 percent for and 52 percent against.

--Meanwhile, Buckeye Local Schools additional levy was needed for crucial operating expenses.

The levy failed 58 percent (against) to 42 percent (for).

Kim Leonard, Buckeye Local’s first-year superintendent, said they’re going to have to make a lot of tough decisions, beginning immediately.

“I’m extremely disappointed,” she said. “I was really hoping that this levy was going to pass this time. We were all very hopeful. But it has been almost 30 years since Buckeye Local has passed a levy.

“I think the communities are sending us a message loud and clear, so therefor we have to go to the drawing board to determine what we can do from within. We have to look at everything across the board. We have three new board members coming in. All of the boards are going to have to get together and we will persevere from this. We will overcome this. Buckeye Local will survive. I’m not sure how but we will survive. We’ve had a lot of lot of hurdles, and we’ll overcome this as well.”

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