Switzerland of Ohio Board of Education Commits $2.6M to New Facilities in Beallsville, Powhatan and Woodsfield

The Switzerland of Ohio Board of Education made a major commitment to athletics this week.

After hearing presentations from all three high schools regarding how they plan to utilize the funds, board members voted 4-1 to provide Beallsville, Monroe Central and River high schools with a combined $2.6 million to upgrade athletic facilities. Board member Beverly Anderson cast the lone “no” vote, while President Denise Riley, along with members Ken Darby, Ed Carleton and Sarah L. Smith, voted in favor of the spending.

“It’s been several decades since (the district) has made this kind of investment in athletic facilities,” Superintendent Jeffrey Greenley said. “We have had a large amount of oil and gas (revenue) to supplement the traditional sources, so the board felt it had enough money to invest in these projects.”

Beallsville will receive $1 million, while Monroe and River will each get $800,000.

The River Pilots’ project, which includes installation of artificial turf and the building of a new press box at Martin Flannery Field in Hannibal, will begin immediately, with plans for it to be completed in time for River’s football season opener against Bellaire on Aug. 25.

“We had estimates, solid (price) quotes and companies lined up,” River Athletics Director Mark Romick said. “We started working on this probably five months ago because we thought we’d have a much better possibility (of getting approval) if we had firm numbers.”

The Beallsville Blue Devils are planning to construct a fieldhouse at the football stadium in Beallsville, and to also build a separate baseball and softball field at the high school.