The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

February 13, 2013

Editorial: Fayette voters make statement

Passage of schools levy reveals intentions

— Fayette County voters went to the polls last Saturday to vote on an excess levy that will infuse some $46 million into the public school system beginning in 2014.

While just over 10 percent of the registered voters in the county turned out, it was quite obvious what the intent was with more than 70 percent casting their ballots in favor of the levy.

Saturday’s vote revealed that the public really does want something positive to happen for Fayette County’s schools and children.

It was a statement that provides encouragement for the future.

Things haven’t been easy of late in Fayette’s school system with sharp declines in enrollment over the past few decades, significant aging of structures and the challenge to attract and retain qualified professionals leading to, among other things, a state takeover of the operations.

Some consolidation has happened, more may yet be coming. However, passage of the levy guarantees that a multitude of key programs will continue to be in place.

The opportunities for Fayette County, and its school system, are turning the corner, thanks in large part to the opening of the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve.

Spin-off from the BSA’s project will really be reflected during the next 15 to 20 years and as we pointed out before, the quality of the educational system in place will be a factor for those looking to make an investment.

All that aside, the passage of the levy tells the next generation that the adults do care enough to make their learning environment a better one.

And that is worth its weight in gold.