Giving the Game Away


Superintendent Frank Devono and the School Board made a big point, very belatedly, of showing 19 sites that they claim to have considered for the green school.  However Mon Schools apparently to this day has still never mentioned Devono’s original preferred site, “across from Damon’s.” Doing so would give the game away about which students Mon Schools administration has apparently intended for the green school.

Recall that WVU Director of Real Estate Services Shannon Mundell wrote to WVU Vice President of Administration and Finance Narvel Weese:

“He [Devono] is needing approximately 8-10 acres (10 preferred for bus turnaround). He was originally looking at the area across from Damon’s…”

10 acres for “bus turnaround”? State policy prefers only 7 acres for a school of 450 students and could grant a waiver for such a school to be built on much less acreage. So, 10 pricey acres, for buses? Seem highly unlikely. Far more likely: unacknowledged future expansion plans.

See map for location of “the area across from Damon’s”.

This area is quite a ways down route 705. It’s heading away from both Easton and Woodburn schools. It’s near the 705-Five Development Group’s Suncrest Towne Center and Suncrest Village Condominiums.

Suncrest Village Luxury Condominiums development promotes itself as being close to Suncrest Towne Center, WVU Research Park, WVU Football, WVU Hospitals, NIOSH, Mon General Hospital, Mylan Pharmaceuticals, and surely would love to promote proximity to a brand new green elementary school, especially since Suncrest Village bills itself as “The place to live, the place to relax, the place to call home.”

What business does Mon Schools have abandoning established neighborhoods and promoting sprawl?

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