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Home built by JVS students is auctioned

November 9, 2012
Weirton Daily Times

TORONTO - A residence at 95 Breezewood Manor built by students attending the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School was discussed during Thursday's school board meeting.

The residence recently completed by JVS students went up for auction on Oct. 27 and was sold to a couple for $125,000, but not before some back-and-forth on the price, according to Dale Edwards, JVS superintendent.

"The house (netted) a $100,000 bid at the auction, said Edwards, adding he initially recommended to the board the bid be rejected. "That wasn't even enough to pay for materials."

Edwards said the board accepted his recommendation and rejected the bid. However, Edwards said the board agreed to sell the house for $125,000, which would at least cover the cost of materials.

"The couple (which had previously bid $100,000) agreed to purchase the house for that amount," said Edwards. "They knew it was worth more than $100,000. The board was pleased with the bid, and so were the buyers."

The home was built to earn an energy-efficient rating and took students one and a half years to build.

In other matters, the board discussed the district's move after unofficial results from the Jefferson County Board of the Elections showed the school's 1-mill, 10-year operating levy proposal on Tuesday's ballot losing, with only 246 votes separating the "yes" and "no" votes, according to Edwards.

As it stands, the unofficial results showed 15,901 district voters voting against the proposal, with 15,655 voting for the proposal. Edwards said the board is waiting for a final count of provisional ballots before deciding what to do next.

"No action was taken by the board (Thursday)," said Edwards. "The provisional ballots have yet to be counted. It's 10 days after the general election when those votes will be counted."

Edwards said board members were hopeful the measure would pass, but if not, the issue again will be placed for voters' consideration at some point in the future.

"There was some discussion by the board of making the proposal less than 10 years (the next time it's placed on the ballot)," Edwards said. "If it was for a shorter period, people would see the funds spent on what we said they would be."

Edwards also said the measure wouldn't be placed on February's special election if it fails.

"We would at least wait until the primary in May," he said.

The measure would have raised $1 million annually, and the first priority would be replacement of the roof, which would "take more than a year's (levy) collection," said Edwards. "When the funds are (finally there), it will be wisely spent."

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