The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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March 30, 2013

Change of heart?

State superintendent says if Fayette County wants smaller community schools, it should have them; Bond to fix existing facilities could be on November ballot


FAYETTEVILLE — The bottom line

A significant question remains: Can the citizens afford the cost of renovating the county’s schools, or is that cost simply too high — “insurmountable,” even — as the state has been insisting up until this point?

Butcher says that regardless of the intentions of a bond, there’s a critical price point that voters, and those who design the bond, will need to negotiate.

“There’s a fine line to be walked there,” he says.

Architects will visit the county’s schools to put a cost to the facilities needs that would be addressed in a bond call.

Butcher says a lot of work needs to be done between now and November, when the bond is expected to float, and that the steering committee will be meeting weekly until then.

In the meantime, county administrators will gather information on facilities needs and get legal procedures in place for the bond.

On May 6, Phares will visit Meadow Bridge Elementary and then speak to the county board of education. He says he expects the board will probably have the definitive answer at that point as to what they want to do to move forward.

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