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Push continues for Black River Schools levy


SULLIVAN TWP. — Black River Schools’ Superintendent Chris Clark said the district still has one more mailer to send out, one touting its 1.4-mill permanent improvement levy on the November ballot during the board’s regular meeting Thursday evening.

“We will do one more mailing here the middle of next month,” Clark said during the meeting. “The reminder we sent this month was for early voting, and again, levy signs have been out in the community.”

Clark said that there are about 150 of the district’s signs in support of the levy posted throughout the Black River Community.

Clark said that while he is not looking for argument, residents have been welcome to voice any possible concerns with the upcoming levy, and other than an unsigned letter, he is yet to hear any arguments against the levy.

“We are still moving ahead,” Clark said.

Board President Chuck Stiver said one particular exchange with an individual left him feeling confident about the levy’s chances.

“I will just comment that I think we all have one of those people in our lives that tends to be a naysayer, tends to vote no quickly,” Stiver said.

“The individual asked me if I thought the levy was going to pass and my comment was ‘absolutely,’ his comment was, ‘yeah, I think you are right.’ ”

Clark previously said an $8.4 million bond issue voters approved to build the Black River Education Center is generating $313,000 per year and is set to expire in 2019.

The bond issue would be converted to the 1.4-mill permanent improvement levy in an effort to keep the district operating at its current level.

According to district data, owners pay $50.50 a year per $100,000 home valuation for the bond issue.

They would pay $49 a year if the permanent improvement levy passes in November.

Board members also approved a five-year capital improvement plan, pending the outcome of the November levy.

“It is a document, but it is also a fluid document,” Clark said.

“If we had something that went bad we are definitely going to have to take that money that we were going to earmark towards a project and probably move it.”

Stiver asked Clark if he has received comment about the five-year plan.

“No, other than it makes sense,” Clark said.

Clark previously said the capital improvement plan, which the passage of the levy would help fund, would include repairs to the heating and cooling system at the middle school and upgrades to the plumbing system and parking lot at the high school.

The district covers parts of Medina and Ashland counties and Huntington Township in Lorain County.

Contact reporter Nathan Havenner at (330) 721-4050 or

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