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School Board to meet again on bonds

May 16, 2000|By DAVE McMILLION, Charles Town

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The Jefferson County Board of Education will hold a special meeting next Tuesday to consider a proposed $38 million bond issue for the county, Superintendent of Schools David W. Markoe said Tuesday.

The Board of Education had expected to discuss the bond issue Tuesday night, but it did not want to make a decision on a proposed tax increase since board member Pete Dougherty could not attend Tuesday's board meeting, Markoe said.

The board wants all members to be present to vote on the proposed bond issue, Markoe said.

"It's an extremely important issue for us," Markoe said.

Although Markoe suggested a bond issue of $38 million, board members are still considering how much it should be and when to hold a referendum for it, Markoe said.

The two election dates being considered are a special election on Sept. 23 or the Nov. 7 general election.

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Waiting until Nov. 7 to put the proposed bond issue before the voters would be difficult, Markoe said.

Besides a $38 million bond issue, the Board of Education is also considering seeking $4 million from the state School Building Authority to fund renovations at every junior high school and every elementary school in the county.

But the School Building Authority has stated that the county must pass a bond issue before the authority can award state money for school construction projects in the county, Markoe said.

"They have made that really clear to us," Markoe said.

The board must file its written request for School Building Authority money in October, Markoe said.

The proposed $38 million bond issue would pay for a second high school in the county and renovations to Jefferson High School.

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