Preston Voters Defeat Construction Bond

Above Photo - Fellowsville Elementary, the only exemplary school in Preston County, would have closed had the bond passed.

Above Photo - Fellowsville Elementary, the only exemplary school in Preston County, would have closed had the bond passed.

The state Board of Education is offering assistance to the Preston County Board of Education following the narrow defeat of a $50 million school construction bond.

Preston County has been the scene of a long-time consolidation battle.

“I think it’s now time to regroup, sit down and come up with some other alternatives,” said Dept. of Education Communications Director Liza Cordeiro.

The Preston County bond failed by just 61 votes.

The plans were to use money from county taxpayers and funds from the state School Building Authority to construct three new Pre-K-8th Grade schools near Arthurdale, Tunnelton and Kingwood.

Cordiero says funding for school construction is a local issue and the state Board of Education has no desire to step into the situation, but it has offered its help.

Cordiero says the state department stands behind the previous performance audit report, with a number of Preston County schools failing to make the required progress under the mandates of No Child Left Behind.

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