Officials want renovations to school speeded up

August 12, 1997


Staff Writer, Charles Town

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Jefferson High School renovation work is not expected to be completed until November 1999, the architect told school board members Monday night.

The school board members asked Charles Town, W.Va., architect David Lipp to do his best to speed the process along.

Lipp said the plans have been under review with the West Virginia School Building Authority, which is funding the bulk of the more than $11 million project.

The SBA required changes in the plans and kept the plans for review for months instead of two weeks as originally expected, Lipp said.


School board members said they would like to see the project completed before the start of the school year in 1999.

Board member Paul Manzuk said he would have thought Lipp would have been further along in the architectural drawings while the plans were under review by the SBA.

Lipp said some of the work already has been done, but other steps cannot be taken until the SBA determines what changes the state wants.

Already, the SBA has told Jefferson County to make the gymnasium and cafeteria bigger than they originally planned and to set some parts of the plans aside as alternatives, such as adding a jazz room to the music department and a ROTC training room.

The renovations are needed to handle the expected influx of students from the county's population growth and the move of ninth-graders into the high school.

Superintendent David Markoe asked if there was any possibility of making up four months in the process so that the work will be done by the start of the 1999-2000 school year.

Lipp said much of the timeline is out of his hands and with the SBA.

Lipp reviewed the aspects of the renovation project that the SBA wants to see put in as alternative plans.

Lipp said that having those parts of the project mean that the work will not be done, but some of it may have to be paid for by the county and not the state.

"They've got a stranglehold on us that you can't do a thing until you get permission from them," Lipp said.

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