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Wayne County bond measure on board agenda

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By Lacie Pierson 
The Herald-Dispatch

WAYNE -- A bond measure that would fund the cost of building two new schools and making significant renovations at another school will be on the agenda for approval from the Wayne County Board of Education this week.

Before the proposed bond election can be put on the Tuesday, May 13, primary election ballot, it first must be approved by board members during their regular meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, at the Wayne County Schools central office.

If approved by board members, the measure that will be put on the ballot will call for the issuing of bonds in the amount of not more than $18 million from the bond sale. If the bond is passed by voters, the West Virginia School Building Authority will match that amount, and the remaining funds will come from local funding and Qualified Zone Academy Bond funding. The total amount of money that could be raised from the measure is $42.2 million.

That money would be used to construct a new Ceredo-Kenova Elementary School, a new Crum pre-K through eighth-grade school and a multi-classroom extension and a renovation of the entryway at Wayne High School, all of which would be completed by July 2017.

In other business, board members will decide whether to approve a bond counsel engagement letter between the board and Steptoe & Johnson, PLLC.

The meeting agenda also includes Susan Kelley-Jarell and Paul Stephens, who have signed up to speak about employment.

The Wayne County Schools central office is located at 212 North Court St. in Wayne.