Ritchie bond to fund two new schools

Supporters hope issue passes during Nov. 3 election

HARRISVILLE — Two new elementary schools have the potential to break ground if Ritchie County residents vote for the bond that would help provide the funding for the projects.

On Nov. 3, Ritchie County voters will decide whether or not to approve the school construction bond.

“Harrisville and Creed Collins are both over 50 years old. There’s been a really small push to maintain community elementary schools,” Superintendent Jim Brown said. “The board determined it would be more effective to build new schools than to renovate.”

Along with the two new elementary schools, the bond, if approved, would pay for an upgrade to the football stadium and track field.

The proposed bond will last 15 years and six months and would provide the school system with $5.6 million for the project.

The school board will also provide $5.6 million towards the projects and will apply for a Needs Grant from the West Virginia School Building Authority for the remaining funds needed.

“It’s going to be a significant improvement. We know 20 percent of all academic learning can be attributed back to the learning environment,” Brown said. “The health and safety of our student care is critical. Having 21st century buildings will have a tremendous impact on learning.”

According to information provided to voters by Ritchie County Schools, the bond would increase property taxes either by $10.48 or $15.72 per year depending on the property.

“We’re pretty excited. It’s been difficult with COVID to get the information out as much as we can (but) we try to take advantage of every opportunity,” Brown said.


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