School Board President Supports Bond

(02/09/2011)

Special Election March 4, 2011 - School Bond Renewal

Citizens of Calhoun County, I Steve Whited, President of the Calhoun County Board of Education, would like to take this opportunity to encourage everyone to exercise their constitutional right, and get out and vote on March 4, 2011. Of course, I would like to see the renewal of the school bond for the purpose of a new Arnoldsburg School and air conditioning for the gyms at the Calhoun Middle-High School. I have heard several comments, and I would encourage all those who have questions to come to public meetings on the following dates:

February 14, 2011 - Pleasant Hill Elementary, following Regular Meeting and LSIC meeting.

February 17, 2011 - Calhoun Middle-High School 7:00 p.m.

February 24, 2011 - Arnoldsburg Elementary, Following LSIC meeting.

Claims that taxes will increase due to the bond renewal are false. The bond renewal will not change current taxes. However, questions have arisen concerning increased taxes due to assessed property values raising. This is a situation that is outside the control of the Board of Education. Current WV State Law limits levy for each class of property defined under WV law. I believe that the benefits for the children of Calhoun County enabled by the levy should be considered aside from the possibility of assessed property values increasing. One cannot predict the future concerning accessed property values.

What's in it for you? I believe that we all can agree that our kids should come first. We have the opportunity to receive funding from the WV School Building Authority, if and only if a bond is passed. This does not guarantee the additional funding from the State, so if that were to not transpire, the bond would end. Having the bond approval in place prior to State awarding funding is a step in the right direction to receive the State funding, however it's not a guarantee. The pie is out there, we should get our piece of it as well.

A simple majority is needed in order to pass, which is anything greater than 50%.

I would also encourage all that have questions to contact me at (304) 354-6452 or Roger Propst, Superintendent of School, at (304) 354-7011. I appreciate the time and consideration each of you gives this special election.

Stephen Whited
President of the Calhoun County Board of Education