Wood County BOE seeks more from WES committee

PARKERSBURG – Wood County School system officials are going back to the Williamstown Elementary School steering committee, but won’t say why.

Mike Fling, assistant superintendent of Wood County Schools, said the board of education instructed school system administrators to meet with the steering committee. Fling briefly met with the board of education Tuesday to publicly answer questions. Officials went into executive session for about 45 minutes and emerged without discussion or vote. The matter wasn’t slated for action. Fling said no decisions have been made.

“The board of education instructed (superintendent Pat) Law and I to speak with the steering committee and place the item on the next agenda,” he said. Fling said he’s contacted the Williamstown Elementary School steering committee to set up a meeting. The steering committee, Fling said, will be involved throughout the planning process.

“I need to keep the stakeholders in this process up to date before information is released to the general public,” he said. “It is the ethical decision to do.

“I want to present this info to the committee before I release it.”

Earlier, the steering committee presented two possible sites (the Williamstown High football field and track and the former Fenton Art Glass site) to the board for a new school. Officials were looking for direction from the board on a preferred site around which to build a grant request to submit to the West Virginia School Building Authority by an early December deadline. Fling said after he and Law spoke with SBA officials Tuesday – prior to the BOE meeting – they were made aware of “options that will keep the project moving forward without the grant.”

Fling said progress will continue to be made toward the goal of a new school in Williamstown.

“As soon as I am able to share information with you I will,” he said. “I can’t report anything to anyone until I have a decision from all parties involved.”