Wood BOE to begin levy discussions

PARKERSBURG – With a vote on its excess levy months away, members of the Wood County Board Education will begin discussion of the upcoming levies.

Board members have a regular meeting set for 6:30 p.m. Monday. Among the items is discussion of the levy and the recommended approval of the excess levy order.

“You can’t overstate how important that levy is,” said board president Tim Yeater.

A special election for the Wood County Schools excess levy will be Nov. 23. The excess levy generates a little over $16 million. Funds are used for staff and employee benefits; maintenance/operations of buildings not covered by state aid formula; transportation; school supplies; West Virginia University Extension and libraries.

Yeater said officials want to get the message out and begin seeking community input.

“There is a lot going on in the community; with the stadium, Williamstown Elementary and athletics in general. We want to start laying the foundation and doing the framework. We want to bring that forward.”

Yeater said there has been “minimal” discussion about the levies to this point.

“The levy is going to run this year and it’s time to start opening the discussion and getting community input,” he said.

School system Finance Director Connie Roberts will give board members a presentation on the levy. Board members are all slated to approve the excess levy order.

System officials are crafting a framework to give board members some footing. Yeater said as things move forward, school officials will be coming to the public.

“We need their support,” he said.