Wait a second. How do you spell school?

Misspelled word on pavement outside Bellefontaine school. (Photo/Thad Pierce)
Misspelled word on pavement outside Bellefontaine school. (Photo/Thad Pierce)

BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (WDTN) – An ‘honest mistake’ is making a funny statement in the City of Bellefontaine.

A 2 NEWS viewer sent us a photograph of the word ‘school’ misspelled on a roadway.

Thad Pierce’s photo shows the word spelled ‘sohool’ on the pavement near Bellefontaine Middle School on Ludlow Road.

While you might find it hard to believe that the word is misspelled outside of an educational institution, there actually is a good explanation.

We did some checking about what happened. Bellefontaine Safety Service Director Jim Holycross says the sign was painted incorrectly a couple of years ago. Painters accidentally flipped the stencil for the letter ‘c’, so when they corrected the mistake, it created the letter ‘o’. They then painted over the extra line to turn the letter back into a ‘c’.

The street department discovered Tuesday night that the paint recently faded, bringing back that pesky ‘o’.

Street department workers have now permanently scratched the paint from the roadway calling it an ‘hounest’, we mean ‘honest’ mistake.

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