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Meeting to discuss upgrades for Mon schools

The last time this happened, two schools were built and another was re-imagined for a new academic chapter.

Monongalia County Schools begins updating its Comprehensive Education Facilities Plan today.

Discussion sessions will be today at University High School and South Middle School — and again April 15 at Clay-Battelle High School and Morgantown High.

The UHS gathering will be from 4-6 p.m. in the library. South’s session is in the auditorium from 7-9 p.m.

“These are pretty important sessions,” Assistant Schools Superintendent Donna Talerico said.

That’s because the CEFP is a pretty important document.

Updated every 10 years, the plan tries to project for every future milestone of infrastructure out there, from new school construction to classroom renovation.

Decibels, documentation and dexterity occasionally come standard.

The 2010-20 edition of the CEFP, for example, saw loud protests when Eastwood Elementary was built.

Eastwood’s address is the not-so environmentally friendly Mileground, complete with traffic congestion and a bustling commercial strip.

Suncrest Elementary required an act of annexation to bring the school on outlying Collins Ferry Road into Morgantown city limits — for police, ambulance and fire coverage.

From its perch atop Price Street, the original University High School was reimagined as Mountaineer Middle School.

Look for this CEFP to address Suncrest Middle School and the county Technical Educational Center, both of which are buildings that need to be more up-to-date and spacious, Talerico said.

The CEFP must be submitted to the state School Building Authority before any construction projects can begin. The authority doles out dollars for such projects.

It gets complicated.

While a district may request a whole new facility or a new wing for, say, a media center, it may not order up a roof replacement.

That’s because such components are considered “ongoing maintenance” by the authority.

In the meantime, those unable to attend the CEFP sessions can still take the survey, which will be posted online at

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