CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Jefferson County may need close to $60 million in new schools and renovations to existing schools to cope with a growing student population over the next decade, a committee announced Tuesday.
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Of that amount, about $25 million would be needed to build a second high school in the county, officials said.
The projections come from the Millennium Committee, a panel of 30 parents, educators, business leaders and residents who are helping to develop a 10-year comprehensive education facilities plan for the county.
The committee is still in the process of developing a complete plan for the school system. Future work involves a more detailed plan of exactly what kind of facilities are needed.
"This is not to be thought of as a recommendation. It's more of a shopping list," said David Lipp, an architect for the school system.