Voters reject high school funding in Indian Creek

WINTERSVILLE – Voters in the Indian Creek Local School District rejected at a 3.5-mill bond issue Tuesday that would have funded a new high school building and other district improvements.

According to unofficial tallies from the Jefferson County Board of Elections, 2,464 voters, or 62.13 percent, voted against the levy proposal, while 1,502 voters, or 37.87 percent, voted for the proposal.

The 3.5 mills would be have been for 37 years, with the Ohio Schools Facilities Commission paying $8 million, or 33 percent of the tab, for a new district building, while district voters would have paid $23 million or 67 percent over the next 37 years. Of the local portion of funds, $18 would be used for the high school, while $5 million would be used for improvements at other district structures, including upgrades at the high school stadium.

John Rocchi, superintendent, said he was disappointed with the result.

“I think it’s a shame more people didn’t show up at the polls and vote for our students’ safety,” said Rocchi. “We’re not going to sit back and wait. We’re going to make our decisions and move on.”