West Carrollton schools had gone longer without passing a new levy than 13 of 15 other Montgomery County school districts. Several previous levies had been rejected, including one of the same millage in March. But Clifford said the whole atmosphere was different this time, with hundreds showing up for levy planning meetings.
“The mayor of West Carrollton, Jeff Sanner, the mayor of Moraine, Elaine Allison, and the president of the Miami Twp. trustees, Doug Barry, were our levy tri-chairs,” Clifford said. “Elected officials don’t usually do that. … Those three have tremendous credibility. I think that had a huge message to the 75 percent of people who don’t have somebody in school.”