Fayette County Board of Education faces challenge of deteriorating facilities

Local - 5/7/2013 12:09 AM by Tim Studebaker
FAYETTEVILLE-It's no secret that the Fayette County Board of Education faces some serious challenges.  The county schools have been under state control since 2010.  State Schools Superintendent Dr. Jim Phares spoke about the situation at Monday night's Board of Education meeting.  Officials say they will be looking for a solution to the problem of deteriorating facilities, which may include a bond, with or without the consolidation of some schools. Nothing has been decided as of yet, but the problem continues to grow. 

"One of the reasons that Fayette County is in intervention status was because of the state of the facilities.  As a matter of fact, the Office of Education performance audits said that the state of the facilities, the problem, was insurmountable at this time.  They included that in their document in 2010, when the state intervened in Fayette County.  So, we've long realized that one of the critical problems that we need to face is the state of our facilities," said Fayette County Superintendent of Schools Keith Butcher.

"I'm not going to be the one that makes the decision.  I'm going to be the one that supports the decision and says we need to go with this, and I think I made myself clear tonight when I was talking to the board.  They need to put their arms around each other, get the plan together, and all of them agree to it.  I think once that happens, they'll be clear sailing," said West Virginia State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jim Phares.

In order to keep all 18 schools open, the county will need $121 million to repair buildings.  Officials encourage the residents of Fayette County to get involved.

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