J.C. Bosley Construction Inc., Parkersburg, Wood County Schools work together on walking path

Photo by Evan Bevins From left, Wood County Schools Assistant Superintendent Mike Fling, Parkersburg Public Works Director Everett Shears, J.C. Bosley Construction Inc. representative Tessa Bosley-Stull, City Engineer Justin Smith, City Councilman Dave McCrady and Wood County Schools Superintendent John Flint pose for a photo Thursday at the foot of a walking path built by Bosley and city employees to connect Martin Elementary School with the Reserve at Edison Hill housing development.

PARKERSBURG — A private company, the City of Parkersburg and Wood County Schools teamed up to provide kids living in a new south-side housing development with a safe way to get to school.

J.C. Bosley Construction Inc., which sold the land off West Virginia 95 and Rayon Drive where Cincinnati-based Miller Valentine Residential Development built the Reserve at Edison Hill, cleared a 400-foot path through a wooded area to the track at Martin Elementary School. City employees placed gravel on the path, and the school district plans to add lights and security cameras.

“We just needed a safe way for the kids to get to school from the new Edison Hill development,” said Parkersburg City Councilman Dave McCrady, who lives in the area and has a grandson that attends Martin.

Bosley representative Tessa Bosley-Stull said the company wanted to do the work for the students.

“We’re Partners in Education with the school,” she said.

Photo by Evan Bevins A 400-foot walking path cleared by J.C. Bosley Construction Inc. and graveled by the City of Parkersburg connects the Reserve at Edison Hill housing development with Martin Elementary School. Wood County Schools plans to add lighting along the path and point security cameras at it from the school.

McCrady said there aren’t sidewalks linking the Edison Hill development to Martin or nearby Edison Middle School. He noted that Bosley also installed a walking track at the school two years ago, with which the new path connects, so in addition to benefiting students, it also gives area residents an extended walking area.

“It’ll really be an asset to this community,” McCrady said.

City Engineer Justin Smith estimated the project would have cost $30,000 to $40,000 had Bosley not done the work at no charge.

“We’ve got less than $5,000 in it,” he said, referring to the stone material along the path and filter fabric beneath it.

City personnel also worked alongside Bosley employees on the project.

“This will help with the traffic” at the school, Smith said. “The less cars you can have on the lot, the better.”

Wood County Schools Superintendent John Flint praised the Bosleys as a “good family doing great things for kids.”

“It’s an access to families that they can have a secure, safe path … to an educational institution,” Flint said.

The school district plans to install lights along the path and security cameras on the Martin building that will be pointed toward the path, said Assistant Superintendent Mike Fling, who oversees facilities for Wood County Schools.

Construction of the path took about four months, Parkersburg Public Works Director Everett Shears said, noting workers were not assigned to it full time.

A drainage pipe beneath the path was donated by Northwest Pipe of Washington, W.Va., McCrady said.