The Logan County Board of Education (LCBOE) has approved an agreement with the Town of Chapmanville in which the two will settle the debt owed by the town to the LCBOE.
The board approved the measure at its Oct. 21 meeting.
The debt comes from the town’s temporary use of the old Chapmanville High School building.
The town used the building for administration and council meetings in 2014 and 2015, and, during that period, the agreement states the town accrued a debt for utility bills.
The agreement indicates the Town of Chapmanville owes the LCBOE $107,184.45.
A copy of the debt repayment agreement between the two groups explains they have entered, “…a repayment…and in kind services plan to collected previous debts…”
Chapmanville has agreed to repay the bulk of the sum by providing a town police officer to act as preventative resource officer at Chapmanville Regional High School (CRHS).
The agreement details the town will provide the resource officer for eight hours each school day for three years.
Any member of the Chapmanville Police Department acting as the resource officer will considered by the LCBOE as an independent contractor and an employ of the Town of Chapmanville.
Providing the resource officer for three years will reduce the town’s debt owed to the LCBOE by $86,400.
To repay the remaining $20,700 in debt, Chapmanville has also agreed to waive over $3,300 in monthly fees owed by the LCBOE to the Town of Chapmanville.
The town will waive the $1,000 monthly fire fee and the board’s garbage fees totaling over $2,000.
In the agreement, Chapmanville also agreed to provide snow removal services at CRHS, Chapmanville East Elementary, Chapmanville West Elementary and Chapmanville Middle School.
Once the remaining debt is paid off through waving fees and snow removal, the town of Chapmanville will no longer waive the fire and garage fees or provide snow removal for the LCBOE.
The next meeting of the LCBOE is set for Nov. 5 and the next meeting the Chapmanville Town Council will be held Nov. 9.
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]