CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Building a second high school, a new vocational technical center and renovating Jefferson High School will cost between $38.9 million and $39.8 million, the Jefferson County Board of Education learned Tuesday night.
Jefferson High School is about 250 students over capacity and the board is considering building a new high school to handle future student growth.
An advisory committee has also suggested that the county establish its own vocational technical school.
On Tuesday, Superintendent of Schools David W. Markoe presented the board with two different plans to pay for the two new schools and renovations to Jefferson High.
The first proposal, referred to as Plan A, would cost $38.9 million, including $27.3 million for a second high school. It designates $5.6 million for renovations to the existing high school and $5.9 million for the proposed Career Technical Center, which would be in a separate building.Plan B, which Markoe favors, would cost about $900,000 more, but would include 14 new classrooms for Jefferson High. Plan B also calls for the Career Technical Center to be in the existing high school. "Wing A" of the high school would be renovated to make room for the vocational school.