Committee to make site recommendations to BOE

PARKERSBURG – After a few months of study and review, members of the Williamstown Elementary New School Steering Committee will make a presentation at tonight’s Wood County Board of Education meeting.

Tim Yeater, president of the Wood County Board of Education and member of the steering committee, said officials have pared down possible sites for a new school. Officials will present board members with two potential sites for a new school at tonight’s regular meeting.

A new Williamstown Elementary is the top priority in the county’s comprehensive education facilities plan. The current building is more than 100 years old and is not handicapped accessible. The current school sits on about three acres of land.

The steering committee has been working for several months reviewing potential new school sites.

The board and the city of Williamstown sought land on at least eight acres within the school district with access to public utilities. Committee officials said the community prefers the new school remain in Williamstown, but scouted locations in the Williamstown district.

Yeater said the committee will present a few site options to the board -all of which are inside the city limits – for consideration.

Wood County Prosecutor Jason Wharton is also scheduled to address the board concerning property issues near the Parkersburg High School Stadium. Wharton was also on the agenda for the previous regular meeting, but the matter was pulled.

Assistant Superintendent Mike Fling said school officials are working on an easement and still negotiating with the individuals.

“I hesitate to give any further details as I do not want to upset the property owners which could in turn complicate the situation further.”