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Teacher's video shows crowded middle school

June 17, 2005|by DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Using a video of a crowded school to help illustrate her concerns, a local teacher on Thursday asked the Jefferson County Commission if they have considered a law to control residential growth while public services are expanded.

Patti Mulkeen-Corley, a special education teacher at Charles Town Middle School, used a video of the school to illustrate crowded conditions at the school.

The school has 886 students but was designed for about 500 students, according to the video.

The school does not have an auditorium for activities, which means school officials must use the school gym, according to a narrator in the video. Sometimes there are not enough seats in the gym and students have to sit on the floor, according to the video.

Mulkeen-Corley asked the commissioners if it is possible for the county to consider an adequate facilities ordinance, a law that would slow down residential growth and give officials enough time to expand public services to serve the county's population.

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Jefferson County Commission President Rusty Morgan said state law does not allow the county to pass such a law.

"It's really a difficult situation," said Morgan, adding that about 15,000 home building lots are ready for development in the county.

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