The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Latest News

September 4, 2013

Fayette County BOE: Plan to improve schools detailed

FAYETTEVILLE — The Fayette County Board of Education unveiled its Capital Improvement Plan at its meeting on Tuesday.

The comprehensive plan is designed to improve both the structures and infrastructures of Fayette County schools by renovating and consolidating old locations, as well as building new ones.

Superintendent Keith Butcher says the plan was created in 2010 by the citizens of Fayette County and approved by the West Virginia State Board of Education and the School Building Authority after citations from the OEPA.

“In 2010, the West Virginia Office of Education and Performance Audits recommended that the State Board of Education place Fayette County into ‘Intervention’ status,” Butcher said. “At that time OEPA cited poor academic achievement, declining graduation rates, and the inability of the district to maintain their current number of buildings. They stated that the buildings were sub-standard and unsuitable to adequately serve the students and staff.”

“The graduation rates and levels of student achievement have increased, but the issue of inadequate facilities must be addressed now. This plan will use existing facilities and properties and will improve district financial stability.”

If the plan is completed as written, by November 2022, the county will have eight elementary schools, two middle schools, one combination elementary and middle school, and three high schools.

By the end of the program, a new school will be built for Collins Middle School and Mount Hope Elementary School. A new Fayetteville Elementary will be built to include Fayetteville and Gatewood Elementaries.

Midland Trail High School will be renovated to accommodate the merger of Fayetteville, Meadow Bridge and Midland Trail high schools.

The current Fayetteville High School will become Fayetteville Middle and will include Fayetteville-area students grades six through eight and Ansted Middle School.

Aside from the major mergers, several schools and facilities will receive new roofs, floor coverings and drainage systems.

According to the Capital Improvement Plan, “All proposed capital improvements are contingent upon completion of previous year objectives. Specific projects or timelines may be adjusted based on need and/or project cost.” This means that no part of the plan can continue unless each part before it has been approved.

— E-mail cneff@register-herald.com

1
Text Only
Latest News
  • Judge in W.Va. asked to delay gay marriage ruling

    Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has asked a judge to postpone ruling on a federal lawsuit challenging West Virginia's same-sex marriage ban until the U.S. Supreme Court reviews a ruling in a similar case in Virginia.

    July 30, 2014

  • Tri-state coal interests rally before EPA hearings

    More than 2,000 union workers and others organized by the coal industry in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia joined top state elected officials Wednesday to rally against proposed stricter federal pollution regulations for coal-burning power plants.

    July 30, 2014

  • Work continues on stand-alone Warrior Trail

    The executive director of the Hatfield and McCoy Trail Authority said Tuesday that officials are still working toward the creation of the stand-alone Warrior Trail in McDowell County.

    July 30, 2014

  • East River Mountain Tunnel repairs will continue for several weeks

    Motorists traveling Interstate 77 could see slight delays again tonight as repair work continues inside of the fire-damaged East River Mountain Tunnel.

    July 30, 2014

  • State leaders to attend coal rally in Pittsburgh

    West Virginia officials are set to join hundreds of coal miners and coal supporters at an electricity and energy jobs rally.

    July 30, 2014

  • Americans continue to be plagued by debt

    Credit card debt may have reached its lowest level in a decade, but according to a recent study on personal debt vs. income, just as more people are paying off their credit card debt monthly, nearly the same number of people are being reported for unpaid bills. 

    July 30, 2014

  • twvcheck Theatre West Virginia gives back to hospice

    Theatre West Virginia, even with its shortened season this year, has found a way to give back to the community. Mike Cavendish, a past board president at TWV, presented Hospice of Southern West Virginia with a check Thursday for over $1,000. 

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Former Summers County commissioner indicted

    The Summers County grand jury handed up indictments against 17 individuals this month, including one against a former county commissioner. 

    July 30, 2014

  • Weaker prices widen second quarter losses for Arch Coal

     Arch Coal Inc. said Tuesday that its second-quarter loss widened partly because of nagging rail disruptions and weaker prices for coal used in making steel, though cost controls helped the coal producer’s latest earnings surpass analysts’ expectations.

    July 30, 2014

  • pasiley Watery delight

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo