An architectural bid for the new Logan Elementary School was approved during Tuesday evening’s Logan County Board of Education meeting.
The contract for designing the proposed $18 million building was awarded to ZMM Inc. of Charleston. ZMM Inc. was the architect for the new Lincoln County High School.
The paving of areas/road and parking lot at Man High School was awarded to WV Paving Inc. with the lowest bid of $75,676.17.
There was also a first reading of Revised Policy 2419 “Regulations for the Education of Students with Exceptionalities” and the revised E-rate: Reporting Acceptable Use Policy(ies) Updates.
A preliminary budget of $77 million was presented to BOE members to study by John Brennan, treasurer of Logan County Schools.
“There is 77 million dollars in the preliminary budget,” Brennan said. “It will probably go up to about 100 million when we put that school in there.”
Brennan also noted that several special projects weren’t included in the budget because he does not receive information on them until after July 1.
“That school will be 18 million,” Brennan said.
The motion to accept the preliminary budget passed with a vote of 4 to 1, with Moss Burgess voting no.
“The reason I voted no for the budget is not against John,” said Burgess. “John does an excellent job. The reason I voted no is that I feel that $750,000 excess that we get from the levy should go for a pay raise.”
Logan County Schools Superintendent Wilma Zigmond announced that 10 Logan County Schools will be receiving free lunches for all students.
Buffalo Elementary, Chapmanville East Elementary, Holden Elementary, Hugh Dingess Elementary, Logan Elementary, Logan Middle School, Omar Elementary, South Man Elementary, Verdunville Elementary and West Chapmanville Elementary. Zigmond said notifications will be sent out in August.
Zigmond also announced that Logan High School will have a school-based clinic next year.
“It will serve the needs of the Logan area schools — students, bus drivers, teachers and school personnel,” said Zigmond. “Chapmanville has had theirs in effect and it has done a wonderful job. It has kept a lot of kids back in school instead of going home sick. The new clinic will open in the fall and will include a dentist who will do examinations and cleaning.”
Zigmond also announced the implementation of a new grading program next year.
“I think it is going to be even better than the one we use this year,” said Zigmond.
The next BOE meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 4, at 9 a.m. at the Central Administrative Offices.