In the report, each school was assessed with a Comprehensive Education Facility Plan by nearly 40 volunteers from Mason County who assisted. This plan comes as a requirement from the School Building Authority and serves as a starting point for additions, renovations and improvements.
According to Superintendent William Capehart, the main priority of the plan is to divide it into two projects — one would be major improvements and the other would be a needs project. These two involve Roosevelt Elementary and Leon Elementary. Other schools in the county also would received continuos roof inspections and replacement.
Capehart stated that the demand is great for these projects because of the expected enrollment in the next few years, especially at the preschool level. Point Pleasant Primary is a main target, because its facility does not support the attendance expected and a new facility is being looked into being constructed on surrounding properties that would provide much needed relief to the school.
Roosevelt is another school that, according to the report, is over-utilized. Plans involved expansion on the schools’ property. At Leon Elementary, whose problems involved separate rooms and an office issue, a completely new school will be built behind the current buildings.
The study, which focused on the facilities, assessments, teacher questionnaire, enrollment studies, financial capabilities and the impact of upcoming Pre-K students, gave a summary of findings for each school, as well as a cost that will help with the growth of each.
The total cost was given at $23 million dollars, and as Fisher explained, potential funding sources are available for the Mason County BOE to decide upon.
“This is a road map for improving the condition of schools in Mason County,” Fisher said.
In August, a public hearing will be held. After a stamp of approval, the report will be sent to the SBA for construction. A copy of the entire report is currently available at the Mason County BOE office, located on Main Street in Point Pleasant.