BOE presents new school plans to Create Buckhannon


BUCKHANNON — Superintendent Dr. Sara Lewis-Stankus and other Upshur County Schools officials presented the Create Buckhannon group with plans for the new Buckhannon-Upshur High School on Thursday afternoon.

Dr. Stankus and the Board of Education have been visiting local organizations, giving presentations on the cost of constructing a new future for Upshur students. During the presentation, it was announced that Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School is currently costing between $17,000 and $20,000 monthly for utilities and maintenance. The classrooms contain asbestos and require costly abatement each time work is completed in a classroom that requires any movement of walls, ceilings, and floors. B-UMS has reportedly required $7.4 million to be expanded over the last 10 years to allow for a functioning space to deliver educational services.

In order to best prepare graduates for career readiness, presenters explained the school system must first create a high school that can respond to area career needs. Upshur County has been known to build high schools, including the middle school which was once a high school and Buckhannon Academy which was also previously a high school. The building of a new high school will create a space to allow for the flexibility to respond to the changing needs of the workforce in preparing students for future occupations. An excellent school system is critical to economic growth and development in Upshur County.

Following the presentation, the members of Create Buckhannon expressed support of the bond initiative to construct a new comprehensive career and technical high school and to reimagine the current high school facility as a state-of-the-art Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School.

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