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PARKERSBURG – The Wood County School Board will meet in a special session on Tuesday afternoon to discuss a possible bond issue for the 2022 primary ballot.

The working session will also focus on vocational and technical training initiatives, including the establishment of a cosmetology program and future facility projects, said Superintendent Will Hosaflook.

The meeting is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the central office. The agenda will be posted today on woodcountyschoolswv.com.

District officials will be thinking about what to do and when in relation to the comprehensive educational facilities plan, which calls for new schools to be built over the next 10 years, said Michael Erb, communications coordinator for the district.

“We use the CEFP to guide the decisions of our facilities”, he said.

There are no details of what the link may include at this point, said board chairman Justin Raber.

“We have to have a good starting point and see what is the best way forward”, he said.

The board considered putting a bond on the November 2020 ballot, but ultimately decided there was not enough time to do so. This could have included the construction of a new primary school and the modernization of sports facilities.

At an October 2020 meeting on the updated CEFP, officials announced their intention to increase from 24 to 20 schools between 2020 and 2030. Items to consider in the plan include consolidation of elementary schools Fairplains and Franklin, Emerson and Criss and Neale and Vienna. elementary schools, as well as the closure of the VanDevender middle school and the construction of a new elementary school in Lübeck.

About $ 107.5 million of construction and renovation projects were included in the CEFP 2020-29, some of which, according to Hosaflook, are already underway. About $ 19 million was to come from the State School Building Authority, with the remaining $ 88.5 million to be paid with local bonds and funds.

Evan Bevins can be contacted at [email protected]

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