Community Loses Long-time Clay Educator

Carol Ann Sparks Chandler, 65, of Belleview, Florida, died on August 27, 2018, at her home after a brief battle with cancer. Carol was born on January 13, 1953, in Portsmouth, Ohio. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jesse Sparks and Olive Lemaster Sparks, as well as an infant brother, Robert Craig Sparks. She is survived by her husband, Timothy Chandler of Belleview, Florida, and two children, Brandy (John) Wyatt of Columbus, Ohio, and Jeffrey (Danielle) Chandler of Belleview, Florida, and many beloved friends and family members. Carol was a 1971 graduate of Clay High School, and a graduate of the Ohio University. She taught elementary school for 45 years, the majority of which was spent in Kindergarten at Rosemount Primary School in Portsmouth, Ohio. Carol also taught Kindergarten from 2001-2018 at South Ocala Elementary School in Ocala Florida. She received numerous honors for her work in education. Carol was named a Marion County, Florida Golden Apple Teacher in 2009, a Diamond Oil 2012 Top Teacher, and in 2018 South Ocala honored her as a Master Teacher. She previously taught Children’s Church at Grace Baptist Church in Belleview, Florida, where she was a dedicated member of the congregation.


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New Student Registration, 2018-19

The Clay Local School District will have its annual new student registration on August 9, 2018, from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM for the 2018-19 school year.

Please bring the following to registration:

  • a copy of the child’s Birth Certificate,
  • a copy of the child’s Social Security Card,
  • a copy of the child’s Immunization Record, 
  • copy of the most recent custody papers (if applicable), and
  • a copy of any IEP or 504 Plan (if applicable).

Long-time Clay Educator, Nora Horsley, Passes


RUBYVILLE — Nora Christine Horsley, 84, of Rubyville, passed away Sunday, May 6, 2018, at her son's residence. Born April 30, 1934, in Middletown, Ohio, a daughter of the late Joseph Ainsley and Carrie Florence Barnes Benner, she was a teacher for 31 years the last 28 of which were spent with the Clay Local School District. She graduated from Ohio University and was a lifetime member of Christ's Brethren Church in Rubyville.

Obituary - Portsmouth Daily Times

Blackburn & CLSD Receive Auditor's Award

Brandi Blackburn and the Clay Local School District received the Auditor of State Award for excellent record keeping and a clean audit report.

The Auditor of the State Award is presented to local governments and school districts upon completion of a financial audit. 

Entities that receive the award meet the following criteria of a "clean" audit report: timely filing of financial reports; does not contain any findings for recovery, material citations, etc.; & entities management letter contains no comments related to ethics references, questioned costs, lack of timely submissions, reconciliation, public meetings records, etc.

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