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Wood County BOE to discuss new CEFP goals Tuesday

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Board of Education will hold its final meeting of 2019 on Tuesday to receive information on school construction and approve goals for the new comprehensive education facilities plan.

The board meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the district’s 13th and Plum street offices in Parkersburg. The meeting is open to the public.

The board will receive an update on construction and renovation projects in Wood County schools, including updates on projects through the district’s $41 million facilities bond call.

The board also will be asked to review and approve goals and objectives for the 2020-30 Comprehensive Educational Facilities Plan, or CEFP, which will guide facility use for the school system for the next 10 years. The current CEFP expires next year.

The CEFP governs anything related to facilities, including the closure and consolidation of schools and the building of new schools. The goals and objectives portion is the first of three phases in creation of the new document.

The West Virginia Board of Education recently approved the closure and consolidation of three area elementary schools at the end of the 2019-20 school year. The closure of McKinley, Waverly and Worthington schools was approved as an amendment to the 2010-20 CEFP, but officials have said they likely will bring more school closures and consolidations before the board for approval in the coming year.

The board Tuesday will be asked to approve the appointment of Williamstown Elementary School Principal Heather Bretthauer as the principal of the new consolidated Williamstown-Waverly Elementary School, which was built as part of the $41 million bond call and is expected to open in the fall of 2020.

The board Tuesday also will be asked to vote on the expulsion of two students due to violations of the Safe Schools Act, which covers drugs, weapons or acts of violence on school grounds.

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

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