CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The growth being felt in neighboring states is heading toward Jefferson County, and the thought of a new high school here needs to begin in earnest, a school official said Wednesday.
Pete Dougherty, member of the Jefferson County Board of Education, said a recent story in a Loudoun County, Va., newspaper illustrates the type of growth that is closing in on Jefferson County.
The story said that Loudoun County, which adjoins the eastern edge of Jefferson County, is expected to get 22,000 new students in the next five years, according to Dougherty.
More than 20 schools would be needed to offset the growth, Dougherty said.
"We're surrounded by substantial growth," he said. "It's going to come to Jefferson County."
To asborb the expected increase in student population, the school system needs to immediately consider building a second high school, Dougherty said. Now is an excellent time to build a school because the economy is good and interest rates are low, he said.