CHARLES TOWN. W.Va. -- A tract of fertile land where, not so long ago, a farmer grew crops, will become a place where teachers grow the fertile minds of young students.
Ground officially was broken Saturday morning on 15 acres off Job Corps Road north of Charles Town for Jefferson County's newest school building, a facility for students in kindergarten through fifth grade that will hold 500 students, and, just as important, mark the beginning of the end of the district's dependency on portable classrooms for its elementary-school students.
Pete Dougherty, president of the Jefferson County School Board, said two more school construction projects in the hopper -- an addition to South Jefferson Elementary School and a new school to be built near the current Blue Ridge Elementary School -- will mean the end of all portable classrooms.
Site work already has started on the nearly 50,000-square-foot Job Corps Road school, the name of which has not yet been chosen. The cost of the building is pegged at $10 million, including $6.4 million from the School Building Authority (SBA) of West Virginia and $3.2 million from local impact fees, said Ralph Dinges, assistant schools superintendent.