Wood BOE to discuss WHS athletic facilities

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Board of Education meets tonight to receive information on a capital improvement project and a presentation on Williamstown High School’s athletic facilities.

Assistant Superintendent Mike Fling, who oversees facilities for Wood County Schools, said he will present information on replacement of an industrial-size freezer at the district’s food service warehouse.

“We currently have a freezer that, because of structural issues, we’re unable to use about 75 percent of it,” he said.

The freezer is a large volume structure that will take time and money to replace and install, Fling said.

“You can drive a fork truck in it,” he said. “It’s that kind of size.”

Fling said officials will ask for permission to put purchase and installation of the unit out for bid. Because those bids have not yet been made, Fling said he will not present any specific numbers to the board tonight.

“We’re presenting to the board so we can go out to bid for the freezer and cement work,” he said. “We’ve researched what some other counties have done to get an idea of the cost, so we can give the board a ballpark estimate.”

The board also will receive an update on athletic facilities at tonight’s meeting.

Williamstown High was not included in a list of athletic facility needs presented Oct. 24 to the board by Superintendent John Flint. Board members asked to see needs from Williamstown as well.

Flint said Monday, WHS Athletic Director Jeff Givens will present those needs at tonight’s meeting.

The board also will discuss a personnel issue listed only as “Issues concerning specific professional administrative employees of the board.”

Flint declined to comment on the nature of the discussion, but said it likely would be handled in executive session.

“It’ll be quick,” he said. “Shouldn’t take too long.”