Hillsboro Elementary Tops CEFP Priority List For Pocahontas Board Of Education

Marlinton, WV – Projects at Hillsboro Elementary School top a list of priorities for the Pocahontas County 2010-2020 Comprehensive Educational Facilities Plan. The list of renovations and upgrades at Hillsboro is over 3.7 million dollars, while the total amount for all schools is 15.5 million. Pocahontas County School Treasurer Alice Irvine presented the list to the Board of Education members at their meeting Monday night.

Irvine says a representative from Williamson Shriver Architects had sent the list to her, prioritizing the list by the projects most likely to be funded. Since its inception in 1990, the West Virginia School Building Authority has distributed state capitol improvement funds to county school systems based on need. All WV counties are required to submit a CEFP plan for approval by the SBA every 10 years. Irvine says the list can still be modified by the Board of Education even after it’s submitted to the SBA.

Hillsboro is very much on the minds of Board members, as the SBA rejected an application for upgrades earlier this year. Irvine says the final list is due to the SBA by early September. She says Williamson Shriver hopes to have the revised list ready for public comment by July.

In other business, School Superintendent Dr. Patrick Law presented two awards of appreciation Monday night. Law presented the first award to Snowshoe CEO Bill Rock, representing the Snowshoe Foundation, for the resorts continuing support of education and recreation for county students.

Later in the meeting, Law presented a plaque to John Mutscheller on behalf of his wife Robin for her work on the cleaning up the Greenbrier River Trail behind Marlinton Elementary School. Robin was unable to attend the meeting.

The Board also approved the following:
The purchase of two 77 passenger school buses from Blue Bird Bus Sales of WV
Professional and Service personnel staff development schedules for the 2010-2011 school year
And a math and science summer school at Green Bank Elementary Middle School sponsored by RESA IV. The classes are for kindergarten thru 8th grade and will run from June 14th through June 25th. Teacher and program coordinator Anne Smith says about 80 kids have already signed up for the program.

On the personnel agenda, the Board approved a medical leave of absence for Cynthia Shreve, effective once she has exhausted her sick leave. Several coaching positions were pulled from the agenda at the request of Dr. Law.

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