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Cabell County schools superintendent makes virtual pitch for school projects bond

Published: Jun. 29, 2020 at 11:18 PM EDT
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - Cabell County Schools Superintendent Ryan Saxe made an online pitch Monday evening, asking voters to support a school projects bond in a special election Aug. 22.

The bond would raise nearly $88 million over 15 years and fund the construction of three new school buildings for Meadows, Davis Creek, and Milton elementary schools.

Exact locations for the new buildings have not been decided yet.

The bond would also pay for safe school entrances at the high schools and renovations at Nichols and Hite Saunders.

“If we don’t have a funding mechanism to take care of these facility concerns and issues we know we’ll have over the next 10 years, that creates other stressors on the school district finances,” Saxe said.

Saxe also said they’re considering moving the Cabell County Career Technology Center to the former Sears location at the Huntington Mall.

They’ll be holding five more virtual meetings on proposed projects before early voting starts Aug. 8.

The next one will be July 13 and focus on Davis Creek Elementary.

The bond would last 15 years and six months, the same duration as the bond it would be replacing.

Early voting can be done at the courthouse or Milton City Hall every day except Sundays.

Saxe says with additional expenditures from local district funds and anticipated contributions from the West Virginia School Building Authority, it is estimated the total direct investment into the Cabell County economy could be about $107.2 million.

If the bond passes, a Class II property owner would be paying about $6.30 a month or $75 a year on a home valued at $100,000.

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