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Forum to focus on Jefferson High plans

February 13, 1998|By CLYDE FORD

Forum to focus on Jefferson High plans

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Concerns raised by parents over the planned addition for Jefferson High School has led the League of Women Voters of Jefferson County to sponsor a public forum on the process of getting new schools built in the county.

The forum is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Wright Denny Intermediate School Auditorium in Charles Town.

"We think one of the things the league does best is hold forums on issues of interest to the community," said Lyn Widmyer, education chair for the local chapter.

"The whole issue started hitting the community on whether the ninth grade should be added to the high school or whether money should be used to build a second high school," Widmyer said.

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The panelists will include Clacey Williams, director of the West Virginia School Building Authority; Wayne Clutter, director of the West Virginia Department of Education Office of School Facilities; David Markoe, superintendent of Jefferson County schools; and Larry Togans, vice president of the Jefferson County Board of Education.

"It's evident we're going to need more schools in the future, so we thought we'd bring all the people together at this forum and then open it up to the public," Widmyer said.

Widmyer said the League of Women Voters of Jefferson County has not taken a position on the issues involved.

"We're just trying to get people to understand who makes the decisions and what the process is to get the new schools built," Widmyer said.

"We have a reputation of being neutral during presentations. We bring the people to a meeting where the public can ask them questions," she said.

A County Commission representative also has been asked to attend the forum to discuss the possibility of impact fees on new developments to pay for additional schools.

The League of Women Voters of Jefferson County plans to sponsor more forums on community issues as they arise, she said.

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