RALEIGH COUNTY - A vote to continue improving Raleigh County School systems, and one to begin facility improvements are both quickly approaching
Superintendent Jim Brown of Raleigh County Schools said there are 2 crucial matters to be voted on. The first is the Excess Levy, which is a continuation of the one already in place in Raleigh County Schools. The levy provides educational services such as textbook funding, arts, athletics, transportation and community support, among other things. The 2014 Bond vote relates to the building and renovations of several schools in the county. Brown said the overall cost is only going to go up in coming years, and the change needs to begin now. The West Virginia School Building Authority has agreed to fund $23.5 million of this project, should the vote pass. That’s 59 cents to every dollar. The county will contribute $39 million, and the construction process will allow employment opportunity for Raleigh Co. residents.
“It's not the Superintendent's project, it’s not the Board of Education's project; it’s really about students. For me, I hope when people go to vote, they realize that this is what they're investing in; the future of Raleigh Co., which really relies on the success of the children we serve every day,” said Brown.
Educators said a 'yes' vote will enhance learning and strengthen the resources that children in Raleigh County Schools need. The Bond and Excess Levy votes and will be held on February 8th.
Specific Projects, pending on the passing of the Bond include:
- Liberty and Independence High Security Entrance Upgrades : creation of a more secure and safe learning environment
- New Lester, Crab Orchard and Sophia Soak Creek Elementary School: state of the art elementary school; 12 acres
- Cranberry-Prosperity, Crescent, Mabscott and Ghent Elementary Schools Air Conditioning: every school in Raleigh County would then have AC and a better learning environment
- Shady Spring Elementary Additions and Renovations: address overcrowded conditions and eliminate portable classrooms, new gymnasium, secure entrance, new appearance
- Shady Spring High School High School Additions and Renovations: address overcrowded conditions and eliminate portable classrooms, new gymnasium, secure entrance, new appearance
- Beckley Elementary Gymnasium Addition: new gymnasium, large enough to accommodate all school functions, assemblies and athletic events
- A New Stratton Elementary School: state of the art elementary school to be constructed on the existing site