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Developer might give land for Jefferson Co. school

December 12, 2007|By DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A developer is considering donating 15 acres of land to allow Jefferson County Schools to build a new elementary school, the president of the Jefferson County Board of Education said Tuesday night.

The land is in the central part of the county and a hearing is expected to be held soon to consider changing the land-use designation for the site to allow a school, Pete Dougherty said.

He would not disclose the identity of the developer or the location of the site.

Dougherty was upbeat about the proposal, especially on how it would affect the chances of state funding for the school.

State School Building Authority members likely will be more favorable on providing funding for a new school if the school system can show that there is a site ready for the facility, Dougherty said following a board of education meeting.

Dougherty said he could not go into detail about the exact location of the land since officials still are working on the deal.

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School officials said earlier this year that they are planning two new elementary schools at a cost of about $25 million.

The schools are needed to accommodate growing enrollment in schools, officials said.

Dougherty said previously that the schools could be completed by 2010.

One of the reasons school officials want to build the two elementary schools is because they are concerned about the approximately 20 portable classrooms being used at the county's eight elementary schools, Dougherty has said.

Portable classrooms are detached buildings that teachers use for classrooms.

Although portable classrooms give school systems an alternative when dealing with increasing student populations, they can present security concerns and other issues, Dougherty said.

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