Board to discuss former Park Hills building again

August 21, 2018

HUNTINGTON - The Cabell County Board of Education will again discuss the future of the former Park Hills Elementary School, which most recently housed the state’s Regional Education Service Agencies (RESA) II branch, during its regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21, at the district’s central office in Huntington.

The former school building was discussed at the board’s Aug. 7 meeting but the matter was not scheduled for a vote, nor is any action up for a vote at Tuesday’s meeting.

Located at 2001 McCoy Road in Huntington, the roughly 13,000-square-foot former school, which operated from 1964-89, most recently housed the state’s Regional Education Service Agencies (RESA) II branch for more than 25 years until the statewide RESA system was dissolved by the West Virginia Legislature in 2017.

Cabell County Schools has owned the property since the building’s construction, and Superintendent of Schools Ryan Saxe outlined to the board three options for the future of the now-vacant building, described as in good condition and well-maintained. Those are maintaining the building for educational use, using the building as storage, or selling the property.

The matter will be kept on future agendas purely as discussion until a clear direction is decided.

The board also will hear additional facility matters as a $16,302 change order for continued construction at Davis Creek Elementary School is up for a vote. If approved, the order would fund the removal of brick above an exterior opening, the removal of asbestos, and additional door hardware, an air conditioning bracket and a laminator panel.

The project would be awarded to City Construction Company and funded through the district’s Permanent Improvement fund.

In other business, the board may approve the third and final reading on 60 policy updates, the vast majority being minor wording revisions to the school’s legal code. Updates are mostly to keep in line with state code, said Jedd Flowers, Cabell County Schools director of communication. These include the implementation of Policy 2510, which reduces the credits required to graduate from high school from 24 to 22, among other changes.

All policies are posted online for the public at www.cabellschools.com under the “Board of Education” tab at the “Policy Review” link.

Policy revisions require three public readings before being passed, meaning they can be fully ratified at Tuesday’s meeting.

The Cabell County Board of Education meets each first and third Tuesday at the district’s central office at 2850 5th Ave. in Huntington. Meetings are always open to the public.

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