Computers were set up and ready to use during the Randolph County Schools bond call meeting this week at Coalton Elementary School. The computers were available for residents to determine how much the proposed school bond would personally cost them.
Dr. James Phares, superintendent of Randolph County Schools, said the meetings are designed to give individuals information about the bond, not to ask for votes.
"I am asking you to vote no matter which way you choose to vote," Phares said in Coalton Tuesday. "Only you can look at your own situation and decide if you are able to help support these upgrades for the kids and your community."
Randolph County residents can visit www.informationonthebondcall.com and compute how much the proposed bond would raise their taxes, using the assessed value of their homes and personal property.
Phares said improvements slated for Coalton include wall and ceiling finishes, HVAC system, wiring, fire alarm, communication system, sprinkler system, asbestos abatement, new stairwells and a new elevator.
Phares said Coalton Elementary is meeting yearly adequate progress.
"The teachers are working hard and the students are performing," Phares said. "We need to address the safety issues."
School Bond Committee Chairman Bob Dunkerly told attendees they are the gatekeepers of the information learned in this session.
"Talk to other folks and give them the information," Dunkerly said. "That will help them be able to make the best decisions."
Phares stressed the following key points for the Randolph County Schools bond call:
The final bond call sessions are slated for 6:30 p.m. today at Beverly Elementary School and Oct. 10 at Elkins High School.