Olentangy Local School District voters have given the district the OK to build a fourth high school.

Olentangy Local School District voters have given the district the OK to build a fourth high school.

With all 71 precincts reporting, unofficial results from the Delaware County Board of Elections show the 6.9-mill levy passing 58 to 42 percent, or 17,956 to 13,092 votes.

Superintendent Mark Raiff said the district is ready for the "next great chapter" in its history following the vote.

"I'm very proud and honored the community has again given us their trust and their support," he said.

The levy package contains three parts: a 5.9-mill operating levy; a 1-mill permanent-improvement levy; and a no-new-millage, $79.6 million bond issue. A vote in favor supported all three components.

The levy will cost district property owners an additional $242 annually per $100,000 in property valuation.

With the success of the bond issue, the district can follow through on plans to build a new high school in Berlin Township. The building will be located on acreage the district already owns on Berlin Station Road east of Gregory Road.

Raiff said the district plans to break ground on the new building in the summer and open it for the 2018-19 school year.

Olentangy officials saw the fourth high school as the best way to ease crowding at Olentangy, Liberty and Orange high schools as residents continue to move into the district.

The rest of the bond funding would be put toward buying new school buses, purchasing the Olentangy Academy building on Graphics Way in Orange Township, and paying for roof work on district buildings.

The 1-mill permanent improvement levy - the district's first - can be used only for renovations and property with expected lifespans of five or more years. Examples include asphalt, buses and roofing.

Raiff said all three components of the levy were "central" to the district's continued success.