JCBOE to Hold Public Meetings on CEFP

JCBOE to Hold Public Meetings on CEFP
Posted on 04/04/2019
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. – Work on the CEFP, or Comprehensive Educational Facilities Plan, is moving forward at Jefferson County Schools. County boards of education are required by law to have an approved ten-year CEFP active and on file with the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) and the School Building Authority (SBA).  The last CEFP in Jefferson County was finished in 2010.
The Jefferson County Board of Education (JCBOE) made the decision to include community members from the beginning of the process. After hiring the architectural firm OWPR to assess the needs of existing facilities, the JCBOE created nine CEFP Committees to discuss how the plan should reflect current needs in several key areas. Those areas include Safety and Security, Athletic Facilities, Fine and Related Arts, Education and Instruction, School Maintenance and Infrastructure, Long Range Planning and Growth, Technology, Social-Emotional and Mental Health Services, and Business and Community Partnership. 
Committees were made up of JCS employees, community members, and parents. Now the JCBOE wants to share what has been done so far and get more feedback from stakeholders in the community. A series of four public meetings have been scheduled for this month, one at each of the county’s middle schools.
The first meeting takes place on April 9, 2019, at Wildwood Middle School. Although the meeting will begin at 6:00 pm, the doors will remain open until 8:00 pm for people to stop in and share their ideas. A second meeting is scheduled for April 11, 2019, at Shepherdstown Middle School. Two additional meetings will be held the week after Spring Break -- one at Harpers Ferry Middle on April 23, 2019, and another at Charles Town Middle School on April 25, 2019.  All meetings are slated for a 6:00 pm start.  
Additionally, the JCBOE is starting another JCS ThoughtExchange on April 8, 2019. Four of the top 10 thoughts from the last exchange focused on the need to improve and maintain existing facilities. The new exchange will dig deeper into what should be considered as the plan develops. More information about the meetings and JCS ThoughtExchange are available on the JCS Website.

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