McMechen, W.Va. (WTRF) – Today it’s just a field—but Marshall County officials hope it will soon be where the West Virginians of tomorrow get an education.
The Board of Education announced today that they have purchased the former McMechen Industrial Park, with the goal of building a new elementary school.
Officials say they had planned several upgrades to the existing Center McMechen Elementary, but held off until they could find a location to start from scratch.
So why a new building right now?
Principal Arica Holt says expectations of schools have changed quite a bit in the decades since the current school opened.
In the ’70s when our current Center McMechen Elementary School was built, we didn’t have the safety concerns that we do now. Also with the involvement of technology, which was completely different than it is now.Arica Holt, Principal at Center McMechen Elementary
This is it, this is the perfect place for it, it’s basically level, and it’s off the beaten path.John Miller, President, Marshall County Board of Education
Marshall County residents will first have to renew the operating levy before construction on the school is given the green light.
Board members say whatever goes on the new land will be an asset for Benwood and McMechen.
(WTRF)- Marshall County Schools have purchased the industrial park in McMechen and will build a new school for Center McMechen.
The industrial park will be home the future home of McMechen Elementary School.
7News exclusively obtained a photo of a sign that was put up before the purchase was made by Marshall County Schools.
After reaching out to Marshall County Schools about the sign, the sign was removed.
A news conference was provided at 10:30 am Wednesday morning to provide details.
7News will have more of the purchase at 5PM and 6PM.