Ohio County BOE To Discuss $86 Million Upgrade Proposal

Bond Measure Also on Agenda

WHEELING — Ohio County Schools will host an informational meeting this week to give the public an opportunity to learn more about a proposed $86 million plan to upgrade school properties — and an expected bond issue this spring to fund the measure.

The meeting will take place at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the media center at Wheeling Park High School. The event precedes the regular meeting of the Ohio County Board of Education, set for 6 p.m. at the board office, 2203 National Road, Elm Grove.

An initial cost estimate for the list of projects to occur at each of the county’s public schools has been set at about $86.5 million by the McKinley and Associates engineering firm. Ohio County Schools plans to ask the West Virginia School Building Authority for about $30 million for the projects, and officials expect to ask voters to approve a school bond issue at about $43 million.

“We want people to come out and see the things we’re looking at for the future of Ohio County Schools, and get their input,” said board of education member Christine Carder. “They should come out and see what the plans are, and if they are in favor of what we are doing.”

Carder and board member Tim Birch were members of a committee that has been addressing property needs, and looking at an upcoming bond issue.

“We would just like to invite the public to come out and see what we’re looking at, what the problems are and how we’re looking to solve them so they can understand the big picture,” Birch said.

“There are so many issues to this, and people have to come and see what part of plan they are interested in, and that it’s addressed.”

Safety, security and energy-savings improvements are slated for each school, as are upgrades to science laboratories.