Funding denied for Harrison County Board of Education consolidation plan

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Funding for a 2 million dollar school renovation plan in Harrison County was not approved by the state School Building Authority on Tuesday.

The Harrison County Board of Education proposed a plan that would have moved students from Adamston and Wilsonburg Elementary into a renovated United High School. High school students would go to the Adamston facility, and Wilsonburg was to be closed.

With old building conditions and staffing shortages, the board saw this as the best option to benefit the community.

“We make decisions based on what’s best for our students, our employees and our parents and all those involved in this process, stakeholders. We think this is a good project, we have aging facilities. We have an aging facility and Wilsonburg, we have an aging facility and Adamston,” said Dr. Mark Manchin, Superintendent with Harrison County Board of Education. 

Teachers and staff at the schools were open to the plan, but had concerns about class size, transportation, and student safety.

“They live up the road, so they can walk to school. If we move to Route 19, that is not a possibility for them. That road is not an easy access that they can get too,” said Kelley Davisson, a counselor and Adamston Elementary. 

Funding was given to Upshur and Lewis County Schools to work on school projects, and while Harrison County was denied, the board is happy the money went to good use.

“Unfortunately for whatever reason, the School Board Authority did not fund it yesterday but again, as we said earlier, I’m happy for those counties that did get funding. We’ve gotten well over 30 million dollars over the last ten years for Harrison County, so it’s not like we don’t get funded,” said Manchin. 

Being denied on a state level, Harrison County will have to wait to move forward, but the plan is not off the table and the board says they could resubmit it for next year.

“I don’t know what the board is ultimately going to do, but I thought this was a good project, and it’s quite conceivable that we could re-submit it less than a year from now, that would be ten months,” said Manchin.

At Tuesday night’s Board of Education meeting, the project was removed from the agenda. Stay with 12 news for any further updates on this project.

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