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Randolph schools set to reopen

November 6, 2012
By Beth Christian Broschart - Staff Writer ( , The Inter-Mountain

Dr. James Phares, superintendent of schools, told the Randolph County Board of Education Monday that electricity has been restored to all county schools and students will return to classes Wednesday.

"We have been evaluating the bus routes to determine if it is safe to transport students," Phares said. "Bus operators will make phone calls to contact families that are in areas where the buses cannot travel. We are asking parents not to put themselves or students at risk."

Phares also said a warming/emergency station was established at Elkins High School. Breakfasts and dinners have been served there since Nov. 1.

He said large amounts of food were donated to shelters at Elkins High School, Tyrand Parish, Valley Head Fire Department, Elkins Fire Department, Leading Creek Fire Department, Coalton Fire Department and Harman Fire Department.

Phares said Friday was originally slated to have a three-hour early dismissal, but school will be in session for a full day.

Del. Denise Campbell, D-43rd District, thanked the BOE Monday for the school system's support in providing food and personnel to help those in need following Superstorm Sandy.

"Lots of shelters have said they would not have had enough food to stay open if it were not for your support," Campbell said during the meeting. "I want to thank you for coming to the aid of others during this time."

Discussion during the meeting turned to the board's bond call proposal on Tuesday's general election ballot.

Bob Dunkerly, Randolph County schools' bond call committee chairman, thanked Phares, board members, principals, staff, parents and community members for their help and support of the cause.

"Everyone was very positive and I want to offer my thanks," Dunkerly said. "Dr. Phares led the charge and was very succinct and articulate about the issues. Not everyone is for the bond, but they are not against the schools."

Dunkerly said the bond is similar to the storm.

"We have seen how our community came together to help one another in the wake of the storm," Dunkerly said. "Experts have prepared a wonderful plan to move our schools in a positive direction.

"An education storm is heading our way," said Dunkerly. "The bond is a plan to help us prepare for this storm. It paves the way."

Dunkerly said he hopes voters join together to help pass the bond.

"I hope voters will tighten their belts and vote for the bond," Dunkerly said. "The money stays here and helps Randolph County, and they money also leverages money from the SBA. If the bond passes and we get SBA funds, we will get a good match for our money. A little bit of money now will pay off big in the end."

The next regular meeting of the Randolph County Board of Education is slated for 6 p.m. Nov. 19.



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