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CEFP committee works on goals for Wood County Schools plan

Wood County Schools Superintendent Will Hosaflook gives an update during Tuesday’s Wood County Board of Education meeting. Hosaflook said work on the district’s new 10-year facilities plan continues, and a set of goals for the plan will be brought to the board next month for approval. (Photo by Michael Erb)

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Board of Education next month will be asked to approve the first phase of the district’s new Comprehensive Education Facilities Plan.

Board members received an update Tuesday from Superintendent Will Hosaflook, who said the district’s CEFP committee held its third meeting this week on the 2020-30 plan.

“We’re still in the goal-development phase right now,” he said.

The CEFP guides decisions on all facilities over a 10-year period. The current CEFP ends next year, and officials will go before the West Virginia Board of Education next week to ask for the closure of McKinley Elementary School to be added to the plan.

Closures for Worthington and Waverly elementary schools have previously been approved by the state board. Officials held a series of closure hearings last month with the intent of closing the three schools at the end of the 2019-20 school year.

Hosaflook said establishing goals for the new CEFP is the first phase of a three-phase plan.

“In Phase 2 we get more into schools and school facilities and what is the future outlook for Wood County Schools, the condition of our schools, and what it would take to repair our schools,” he said.

Hosaflook said those goals can be difficult to establish without having more information on the current state of schools, but added the goals can be amended later on as more information becomes available.

“It’s hard when you are working to develop goals for the CEFP when you do not know the facilities of our schools,” he said.

“We need to approve those goals as a board before we can move on to the next phase,” said board President Rick Olcott.

The first-phase goals will be brought to the school board Dec. 17 for approval, Hosaflook said. If approved, the second phase would begin after the start of the new year, he said.

Michael Erb can be reached at merb@newsandsentinel.com.

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