On Tuesday, voters in two local counties will have the opportunity to support their school systems at the polls.
The Randolph County Board of Education seeks approval of a $13.5 million bond proposal. The money would be used for school upgrades and repairs.
The Barbour County Board of Education has placed both an excess levy and a bond call on the ballot, seeking to raise money to improve the quality of education for students.
The Inter-Mountain has already urged voters to pass these measures, but the events of the last week point out very clearly once again just how valuable our school systems are, and how important it is to support them.
Following the destruction left by Superstorm Sandy, Randolph Superintendent of Schools Dr. James Phares met last week with the county's Office of Emergency Management to offer the school system's help with recovery efforts.
Randolph County schools helped deliver food to emergency shelters, provided diesel gasoline to the Randolph County OEM vehicles, and offered two automatic school buses with snow chains to transport people as deemed necessary by the OEM.
School personnel also have been offering free meals for storm victims at Elkins High School.
In Barbour County, Superintendent Dr. Joseph Super and the county school system donated a pick-up truck-sized load of perishable food to the emergency shelter at Belington Volunteer Fire Department, and an equal amount was donated to Broaddus Hospital.
"We're going to do whatever we can to help those folks," Super said.
This dedication to the community and willingness to help neighbors in need speaks volumes about these two school systems. Nothing is more important than educating our youth, and The Inter-Mountain once again urges voters to pass the bond proposal in Randolph County and the excess levy and bond call in Barbour County.