Preston County superintendent presents money-saving options

PRESTON COUNTY, W.Va. (WDTV)-- The Preston County superintendent gave several options to the Board of Education in order to help save money after a failed levy this year.

Preston County is one of the few counties that operates without an excess levy.

Some of the options presented are to close both Fellowsville Elementary and Rowlesburg schools. Other options include selling the West Preston football field and the Tunnleton-Denver Elementary School building.

Superintendent, Steve Wotring, says the board can choose what they want to pursue and that these are simply just options.

"The board has asked me just to look at possible means of where we can save, what are the best cost-saving measures we have and any ways that we have to gain any funds," said Wotring.

5 News spoke with parents to see how they feel about these possibilities.

"One of our schools only has 82 students. That is costing our counties thousands of dollars," said Preston County parent, Shelley Miller.

"If they close the schools it's going to cause overcrowding in certain areas of the school systems," said another Preston County parent, Susie Clark.

The Board of Education has not taken any action yet. They asked for more information before they can make any decisions. Their next meeting is scheduled for June 25.