Wood County BOE to discuss Stadium Field

PARKERSBURG – The Wood County Board of Education will continue discussion on Stadium Field in a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Wood County Schools Central Office, 13th and Plum streets.

The meeting is open to the public.

The school board will continue discussion on a renovation project at Parkersburg High School Stadium Field and an outstanding $455,000 bill for work completed on the project. Earlier this year the school board stopped all work on the stadium after questions arose concerning ballooning costs and fundraising for the project.

No vote on the stadium issue is listed on Wednesday’s agenda, though the board may issue an addendum on the day of the meeting.

The board is expected to vote on an architectural and engineering services contract with Pickering Associates and ZMM. Pickering Associates has been project manager for the Stadium Field renovations and has been the chief architectural and engineering firm on all Wood County Schools projects during the past year. Wednesday’s vote is listed either as a renewal of services for one year or potentially seeking a new firm by advertising for architectural and engineering services.

The school board also will receive a report on site selection for a new Williamstown Elementary School. The school board delayed a vote earlier this year to approve a site, which had been narrowed down to two possible locations: The site of the Fenton Art Glass plant or the current location of Williamstown High School’s football field.

No vote concerning the new school site is listed on the board’s agenda.

Howard O’Cull, president of the West Virginia School Board Association, will make a presentation on the superintendent search. Superintendent Pat Law will retire when his contract ends July 1.

The board is expected to approve use of the association to guide the search process. O’Cull and the association led the last Wood County Schools superintendent search which resulted in the hiring of Law.