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ELKINS -

Randolph County Schools will be closed again Friday.

Superintendent Jim Phares said seven schools in the mountains are still without power. Those are Pickens, Harman, Coalton, Valley Head, Tygart Valley, Homestead, and George Ward.

Phares said he has to make sure food items are restocked and bus routes are cleared before schools can reopen. Phares said the Division of Highways reports 90 percent of secondary roads  are closed or blocked by debris.

Another issue is the upcoming bond levy. That's up for vote on Nov. 6.

Phares said with school out until possibly next week, it is vital that voters know how important these schools are.

"We do know and I know from where I sit, and what I've been doing and dealing with the past few days how absolutely vital these facilities are to these communities, and I hope folks would understand and join me in support of those facilities," said Phares.

The school system transported residents to the shelter at Camp Pioneer on Tuesday and Wednesday. Three buses were or are on stand by for emergency transportation to all county shelters.

Phares said the earliest the schools could reopen is next week. Work will be done through the weekend to get them open as soon as possible.