Fayette schools hope to take big step with bond issue

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Fayette schools hope to take big step with bond issue
By Jeff Jenkins in News | WV MetroNews

FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. — The Fayette County school system plans to seek the approval of nearly $39 million from voters June 13 in a school construction bond issue that was posted on the school system’s website Tuesday.

The total bond would be worth $66.5 million with $25.1 million coming from the state School Building Authority.

More than one engineer has found several existing buildings in the Fayette County system to be in poor condition. The main building at Collins Middle School in Oak Hill was closed in January following an engineer’s report. The school’s 7th and 8th grade students are now attending other schools.

The projects listed on the bond call released Tuesday include:
–new Mount Hope elementary school $12.7 million
–new Collins Middle School $28 million
–renovation-Midland Trail High School $17 million
–renovation-Oak Hill High School $2.6 million
–HVAC replacement-Ansted Middle School $1.3 million
–renovation-athletic fields Valley High School $2.7 million
–classroom addition-Fayette Plateau Vo-Tech $650,000

The plan also includes the closings of both Fayetteville and Meadow Bridge high schools.

The Fayette County Board of Education has scheduled a special meeting for Thursday at 5 p.m. in Fayetteville to give residents a chance to respond to the bond call.

The Fayette County school system is currently under the direction of the state Board of Education.