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JCS “Build Our Future” Roadshow

Just in time for the upcoming Board election, the Jefferson County Schools “Build Our Future” roadshow began with a stop at Shepherdstown Middle School last night. Evidently, the “future” is not now, as the PowerPoint presentation was shown on a back-in-the-day, pull-down screen, rather than making use of the 21st Century interactive SmartBoard sitting right next to it.

The number of cars in the parking lot was encouraging, but evidently architects and vendors don’t carpool. Add in the incumbent Board members and JCS staff, there were some 8 community members participating, including myself.

There was talk of just how crowded schools were in the immediate area: Shepherdstown Elementary (430 students), Shepherdstown Middle (354 students), and Jefferson High (1,450 students). All these schools are above student capacity guidelines.

The good news is the election cycle purchase of 254 acres, including 153 acres behind the strip club in Ranson and 101 acres at the intersection where Halltown Road empties into Flowing Springs Road, sets in motion the potential for building new schools. Next up, the process of designing, funding, and building.

I guess the silver lining is that the next Board election is but two years away. Candidates buy your ceremonial groundbreaking shovels now.