Ohio County BOE Names Bond Advisory Committee

Group will advise on $76 million school projects

Photo by Joselyn King Ohio County Schools Human Resources Director Susan Nolte, left, and Board of Education members Sarah Koegler and Molly Aderholt reflect during Thursday’s board meeting.

WHEELING — The Ohio County Board of Education has assembled its team of community members to lead them through decisions regarding $76 million in upcoming construction projects.

Members of the board’s bond committee include past school officials, those with knowledge of construction and architecture and those with knowledge of government, safety and finance.

The board approved the list of names during its meeting Thursday at Wheeling Park High School.

Board President Zach Abraham said not all on the list would be consulted for every decision, but would be called upon when their expertise is needed.

The list includes board members Abraham and David Croft; Assistant Superintendent Rick Jones; former Superintendent George Krelis; Bernie Dolan, executive director of the West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commission; and Marlene Midget, former executive director at Northern Panhandle Head Start.

Questions pertaining to engineering and construction will be directed toward Todd Dei, civil engineer at JD&E; Ginny Favede, co-chairman of Project BEST; Victor Greco, principal architect at Mills Group; Ohio County Schools Maintenance Director Brian Harto; Jerry Jacobs, former PCS employee and consultant; architect and Wheeling City Council member Wendy Scatterday; Narendran Sridhar, Ohio Valley Medical Center Director of Operations and mechanical engineer; and Jeff Turner, former maintenance director for Ohio County Schools.

Delegate Erikka Storch, R-Ohio, is on the committee; as is Rodd Franke, senior diabetes care specialist at Novo Nordisk; Tanner Russell, senior commercial banking executive at Unified Bank; and Mike Trabert, former assistant state fire chief.

Jones told the board the school district will approach the West Virginia School Building Authority in October about obtaining the first $9 million of $27 million Ohio County Schools will seek from the SBA as part of construction projects.

The money would begin projects at Triadelphia and Bridge Street middle schools.

He said the district should learn sometime in December if it will receive the money. School officials expect approval, and that the SBA also will express its support for approving an additional $9 million for Ohio County in 2019 and again in 2020.

The money would be added to the $42.2 million bond issue approved by voters last spring.

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