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Wayne BOE certifies bond election results

Jan. 03, 2013 @ 11:03 PM

WAYNE -- The Wayne County school bond levy election is officially in the books after a special board of education meeting to certify the results Thursday evening.

All five school board members and Wayne County Commissioners were at the meeting to review and approve the results of the election, which ended with voters deciding against the bond issue, The levy would have garnered $33.1 million from a bond sale by the board of education and an additional $20 million from the West Virginia School Board Authority.

The final tally for the election included 1,776 voters in favor of the measure, and 4,436 voters who were against it.

The results of the election were finalized exactly two weeks before school officials and board members plan to meet with SBA Executive Director Mark Manchin to decide their next step, said Lynn Hurt, assistant superintendent of Wayne County Schools.

The Wayne County delegation will meet with Manchin on Thursday, Jan. 17.

"We are going there to discuss the possibilities and get some direction from him," Hurt said. "We have had some discussions on our own about what to do, but we will not be making any decisions on where to go from here until we meet with him."

Following Thursday's special meeting, the board reconvened for a regular meeting, during which they discussed the interview process for applicants for the superintendent position.

The initial application process was handled by the West Virginia School Board Association, and 10 people are being called for interviews, which are set to begin next week, said Wayne County School Board President JoAnn Hurley.

"The state association has taken care of everything up to this point," she said. "I do feel really good about this process, and we are eager to move forward."

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