Wayne County school officials trying to figure out Plan B after failed school bond vote

WAYNE COUNTY, W.Va. (WYMT/WSAZ) - "One of the worst school buildings in the state."

That's how one high ranking state official described Crum Middle School in Wayne County, West Virginia.

Hopes for a new building were crushed last month after a bond issue was crushed by voters.

Now the community is trying to figure out a plan B.

"It's in dire need,” Principal Sherri Brewer said. “It's falling apart."

Brewer says the 74-year-old school is full of leaks, mold, and occasionally backed up sewage.

"There are a lot of times it overflows,” she said. “The entire floor has to be pulled out, pipes are to be repaired."

This problem could have been history, but voters shot down a bond last month that would've led to many projects, including a brand new school in Crum.

Monday night staff and parents met with state and county leaders to go over some options.

School Building Authority Executive Director Mark Manchin says the school could put a smaller bond or levy on the ballot that may have a better chance of passing or try to convince the Wayne County School Board to prioritize the project.

Kenova is also trying to get a new building after sinkhole concerns shut down their old elementary, leaving them operating out of modular classrooms.

A new bond likely wouldn't make it on the ballot any sooner than December.


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