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UPDATE: Parents speak out about bond levy for Raleigh County Schools

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Excess Levy public hearing to be held Thursday, Oct. 24 at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center.  Meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. Excess Levy public hearing to be held Thursday, Oct. 24 at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center. Meeting begins at 5:30 p.m.
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Parents, teachers, and school leaders are talking about making more improvements to Raleigh County Schools, but some people may be wondering if those improvements will come at a cost.

Some parents who spoke at a public hearing Thursday night at the Raleigh County Convention Center seemed to support the levy.

It would support things like athletics, including getting coaches and transportation for students to games.  It would also support employee salary and benefits, according to district leaders.

It has been in existence since 1941, and it is included in what people already pay in their property taxes, so voting to support it would not increase people's property taxes.

"In order to further our education of schools in the county, we need to upgrade our schools to the 21st century..." said parent Cortina Mickles.

Without the levy, athletics, choir, music, band, and instructional support for math and language arts would be impacted.

"All of those things that are currently funded, would have to come to a stop.  It would have a significant impact on our ability as a school system," said Jim Brown, Superintendent of Raleigh County Schools.

The bond would include facility upgrades like heating, security, and new schools.

There is no word just yet on how much money could be requested through the bond or what impact it would have on taxpayers.  That issue will be discussed in the future.

There will be another public hearing next Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at the Raleigh County Convention Center.  The levy and bond issues are set for a public vote in February.


ORIGINAL STORY:

A pair of meetings will be held to inform the public about a levy and bond to support Raleigh County schools.

The first meeting will be held on Thursday, Oct 24.  The second is on Tuesday, Oct. 29.  The meetings will be held at 5:30 p.m. on the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center.

Planning for the Excess Levy and Facility Bond has been underway and individual committees have been meeting and planning out the details.  The election is scheduled for early February.