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Lincoln voters to decide on bond

Feb. 22, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HAMLIN, W.Va. -- Lincoln County voters will head to the polls Saturday, Feb. 23, to decide if they want to pay a little extra more in taxes for the next 15 years to provide a $24 million bond for the school system.

The bond also would secure $17 million from the West Virginia School Building Authority to provide two new schools as well as renovations and additions at three others.

The bond and SBA money would pay for the construction of a new $18 million Midway-Duval Elementary School, which would serve approximately 600 students. It would be a consolidation of Midway and Duval elementary schools. A new $12 million Guyan Valley 6-8 School, which would serve approximately 276 students, also would be constructed.

Other Lincoln County projects include:

Renovations and additions to classrooms and restrooms at West Hamlin Elementary School for about $1.7 million.

New athletic facilities at Lincoln County High School that include but are not limited to a new football field, grandstands, press box and running track as well as improvements to tennis courts and soccer, baseball and softball fields, all at a cost of $6.3 million.

Additional classrooms, storage rooms, playground equipment, outdoor basketball court, additional parking and improvements to existing football bleachers and locker rooms at a cost of $3 million.

SBA paid for the construction of the consolidated high school, which opened in 2006. But the SBA doesn't pay for athletic fields, meaning students have been using community fields that rely on volunteers for maintenance.

Early voting concluded Wednesday, with more than 600 people casting ballots. Polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, at all 16 precincts.

The proposed bond is for 15 years at a maximum interest rate of 6.5 percent.

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