CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) on Tuesday adopted a resolution recommending priority funding from the School Building Authority for the Comprehensive Education Facilities Plan (CEFP) presented by Fayette Schools, based on severe and pressing needs that only can be addressed through funding.
In adopting the resolution, board members requested the School Building Authority vote unanimously in favor of the amendment to the Fayette County CEFP during their next meeting on Monday, December 14.
The resolution details the financial contributions the County will provide. While Fayette County has been unable to secure funding from a bond measure, Fayette County schools has pledged at least $17 million in local dollars over three years, $11 million of which is through a lease purchase agreement and approximately $6 million of which is liquid secured funds.
State Board of Education President Mike Green said the state has an obligation and responsibility to the students in Fayette County to ensure they are being educated in safe and healthy environments. One of the principal reasons the state intervened in Fayette County in 2010 was the condition of school facilities.
“Because Fayette County is a takeover county, the Board feels an obligation to take every step necessary to protect the students and ensure they are not subjected to dilapidated facilities,” Green said. “I believe we have done everything possible to bring this critical situation to the attention of the SBA and I encourage their members to vote favorably when considering the Fayette County project.”
For additional information, contact Kristin Anderson at the West Virginia Department of Education Office of Communications at 304-558-2699 or Kristin.Anderson@k12.wv.us.
Attachment: Fayette County Resolution