Logan County BOE approves bid for Holden project


Gym and classroom expansion to cost over $3.6 million

By Owen Wells - [email protected]



Holden Elementary is pictured as it stood in early 2015. An expansion is scheduled to add more than 8,500 square feet to the building.


The Logan County Board of Education’s (LCBOE) bimonthly meeting was held at East Chapmanville Grade School Nov. 12.

The board plans to continue to hold meetings at school locations throughout the county as well as the regular meeting spot at Ralph R. Willis Career and Vocational Center (RRW).

To commemorate the board’s visit to the school, the East Chapmanville Elementary jump rope troupe performed a set of jumps featuring music and choreography.

The meeting was short; however, the board heard a presentation from the transportation department and approved several action items concerning student health care and the upcoming project to expand Holden Elementary.

Harless Cook, director of guidance and testing for Logan County schools, was set to address the board on the county’s recent test scores; however, Cook could not attend the meeting.

Jason Browning, director of transportation and student services for Logan County Schools, presented his update concerning recent changes made in the county’s transportation sector.

Browning explained the transportation department had set a goal to achieve an attendance rate higher than that of the students’ rate. “Our students are at a 90 percent attendance and our staff is around 94 percent.”

During time allotted at the end of the meeting for comment from the board superintendent of Logan County schools Phyllis Doty said, “I would like to thank the bus drivers for their dedication. I feel like our transportation department is moving along and doing very well. I thank you guys very much.”

The LCBOE voted to amend the Logan County schools 10 year comprehensive educational facilities plan to allow Lincoln Primary Care to provide a school-based clinic at Man Elementary and Man Middle School.

LCBOE board member Debbie Mendez added, “Lincoln Primary means a lot. For these kids to be able to go a clinic in their school means a lot. I am very happy it’s going to be in the Man area. It’s been in the works a while and it’s finally coming true. It will be utilized a lot and it will be very helpful.”

The board also approved an action item awarding a bid to MIRC Construction Company for an upcoming project to add a gymnasium and classroom space to Holden Elementary School.

The bid came in at $3,655,718 — around $300,000 over the board’s expectations. The board was assured by planners that the bids were very competitive and $100,000 had been added to the budget for unforeseen circumstances and accidents.

The next meeting of the LCBOE will be held Nov. 30 at 6 p.m. at RRW.

Holden Elementary is pictured as it stood in early 2015. An expansion is scheduled to add more than 8,500 square feet to the building.
http://loganbanner.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_Holden-Elem.jpgHolden Elementary is pictured as it stood in early 2015. An expansion is scheduled to add more than 8,500 square feet to the building.
Gym and classroom expansion to cost over $3.6 million

By Owen Wells

[email protected]

Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]

Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]

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