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Wayne Schools Rally To Educate Voters On Bond

Reported: May. 12, 2014 5:08 PM EDT
Updated: May. 12, 2014 5:55 PM EDT
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KENOVA, W.Va. (Darrah Wilcox) --After a $30-million bond failed in 2012, Wayne County schools went back to square one, trying to get some much needed-improvements brought to their schools. How is this bond different? Kenova PTO president Missy McChristian said, "It's needs, not wants. Just the very basic things that we need in this county."

The school system paid attention to what voters would vote for. Communications director Bill Rosenberger said, "They were interested in helping better the education process for kids. What they didn't want was the fluff. They said listen. If you want our money, put it toward the real needs."

The bond would be collected over 15 years. For example, if you own $100,000 property, you would pay about $60 a year.

Parent Jenni Butler said, "It's kind of a bare-bones bond now. There are three construction projects." The projects are a new building for Ceredo-Kenova Elementary, a new building for Crum pre-k through 8th grade, and some much-needed safety upgrades and new classrooms for Wayne High School.

Here's a closer look at where the $42.2 million comes from. $18 million would come from money collected from residents through the bond. Another $18 million has been promised from the School Building Authority-- pending a successful election vote. $4.2 million will come from from the Wayne County Schools Permanent Improvement Fund, and the final $2 million from Quality Zone Academy Bonds (QZAB) - Federally backed no-interest loans.

Butler said, "It's obvious that the SBA knows how bad we need this,. They've put their support in behind it and they've made their commitment and now it's our turn to make ours."

The PTOs at Ceredo and Kenova teamed up for a rally at Kenova Elementary Monday night for a last-minute push to educate voters.

If you missed that rally and still have questions, you can check out the web site at Wayne County Schools for detailed information:
http://www.wayneschoolswv.org/bond/bond.php

Polls are open in West Virginia from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.



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