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Wayne school bond merits a 'yes' vote

Dec. 15, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

With Christmas a little more than a week away, this is likely to be a busy Saturday for residents throughout the Tri-State.

But we hope voters in Wayne County will find time to go to the polls and support an education initiative that is critical for the county and the region.

The Wayne County Board of Education is seeking approval to sell $33.1 million in bonds for much needed school construction projects and renovations. The West Virginia School Building Authority also has committed an additional $20 million for the projects, if the bond passes.

That combined $53 million would be used to build two new schools -- a consolidated elementary school for Ceredo and Kenova and a Pre-K through eighth-grade school in Crum. A sinkhole closed Kenova Elementary in 2011, and those students are currently in modular classrooms. The current facilities in Crum are old and expensive to maintain.

The funding also would provide new turf football fields at all three high schools, auxiliary gyms and stages for Wayne and Tolsia high schools and building enclosures at Lavalette Elementary.

The additional cost for most homeowners would be modest. For example, the owner of a home assessed at $102,000 would pay an additional $202 per year, about $17 a month, and the bonds would be paid off in 15 years.

But the impact for the children of Wayne County would be great. West Virginia students need a top-notch education to compete in today's world, and modern facilities play a big role in providing that instruction and showing our commitment to their future.

Polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., and we urge voters to say, "yes."

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