Friday, March 26, 2010

WAN Meeting Issues Regarding School

At the Woodburn Assoc. meeting Monday 3-29-10 night it was agreed to continue to fight the closing of Woodburn School and moving it out of the neighborhood. It was agreed to send emails to the State School Building Authority sharing our concerns and doubts about the Mileground location. Additionally it was learned that the State BOE Facilities Director, Bill Elswick also has an important role to play, having to approve the new facility as well.

At the BOE meeting Tuesday night it was reported that Devono moved that Woodburn and Easton be consolidated and a new school be built as long as a list of conditions were met. One of those he said was that State BOE approve an AMENDMENT to the CEFP (I am assuming the last 10 year CEFP since the new one has not been approved???!!).

We heard at the meeting Monday night that BIll Elswick of the State Board of Ed. that if an amending to the LAST CEFP was to be made that a public hearing would have to be held. A public hearing has NOT occurred that I am aware of. Folks are encouraged to write him about their concerns over the process, especially to include concerns about the bogus site survey the architect, Ted Shriver conducted NEVER revealing the location of the Mileground site (how can one evaluate a site without knowing anything about it????), plus no information was given about acreage for each site or cost of acquisition... so how can you fairly rank those criteria??? He also noted that the CEFP in process has not been approved or had it's public hearing AND the last CEFP, if changed would have to have PUBLIC hearing... again, which I have not heard.

Please write: Bill Elswick at the State WV Dept. of Education with your concerns.

Remember the public hearing for the CEFP under development which calls for the consolidation of Woodburn and Easton is not until May 17 at UHS.

Please write March Manchin, State School Building Authority Director with your concerns about the current site. Johnathan Deem is the chair of the SBA. I have not found an email for him yet.

The WAN thanks you for your continued efforts around this issue!!!!!

For other info see this link:

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Deer Control Committee Chairman talks to WAN

Deer Control Committee Chairman Dr. David Samuel met with the WAN last night at Woodburn Elementary School. Dr Samuel started off the meeting by saying that the committee was formed to deal with the increase number of complaints about deer and to make a recommendation to City Council on what to do about the problem. Dr Samuel then described how the deer bow hunt will be conducted. Dr Samuel said that the hunts will take place in areas of 9 acres or more, the hunters will be in tree stands and might use bate. Dr Samuel emphasized that the committee has not made a decision yet on whether or not to recommend killing the deer. Dr Samuel went on to describe how hunters will not be roaming the neighborhood and that the hunts will take place from daylight to an hour before sunset and that he thought the hunts could start this fall but he emphasized the committee has not made a decision yet on whether or not to recommend killing the deer. Dr. Samuel stated "I have a bunch of bow hunters on the committee" and went on to explain that they will make sure there are NO accidents with the hunt and he explained how there are no alternatives such as fencing, plant materials, repellents that work and said every community that has researched this came up with the conclusion that the hunt is the only option. Dr Samuel said the deer meat can go to Bartlett House, the Salvation Army and the hunter but he emphasized the committee has not made a decision yet on whether or not to recommend killing the deer.
Reasons for killing the deer were then discussed and include automobile collisions with the deer and lyme disease, it was also stated that there is no documentation of either ever occurring in the area. However there is proof that shrubs, gardens and flowers are being eaten.

Monday, March 22, 2010

WAN Meeting Agenda

Woodburn Association of Neighbors
Meeting Agenda
Monday, March 22, 2010
Woodburn Elementary Gym

1. Welcome, Introductions and Approval of Minutes

2. Urban Deer Committee – members of the committee will be present information on the Urban Deer Hunt, followed by a question and answer period.

3. Woodburn Elementary School 100th Anniversary - updates on the planning of the May 22, 2010 celebration. The celebration will be from 10 AM to 2:00PM

- Volunteers will be needed for serving and clean-up.
- Donate $75.00 to the celebration?

4. Update on the Woodburn/Easton Consolidation – updates on what has been happening the past couple of weeks.

- If the SBA funding comes through, what do we do?
We need to start thinking NOW of ideas on how to use the current Woodburn site and buildings if they do move forward with a new school off the Mileground. Some ideas that have been mentioned so far (the building is big enough to incorporate more than one option depending on how it is used):
Magnet School
Private School
Dance studio
Restaurant/Coffee Shop
Pottery Studio
Non-profit Hub
- If the SBA funding does not come through, what do we do?

5. Other Business
- Trash
- Woodburn Clean-up April 24th
- Next meeting- City of Morgantown Historical Landmark

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Next WAN Meeting

The next meeting of the Woodburn Association of Neighbors is scheduled for Monday March 22, 2010 at 7:00 at Woodburn Elementary School Gymnasium, 918 Fortney Street. One of the topics will be the proposed Urban Deer Hunt. The City Urban Deer Committee is proposing that deer in the City be killed using bow and arrows. Hunters would be located in tree stands around town and shoot at the deer as they pass by. City Officials hope that the killing will stop complaints from residents about their flowers and shrubs being eaten.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Woodburn School Coverage Continues

Included here is a letter to the editor by Woodburn resident Tony Christini found in Sunday's Dominion Post
and an editorial in the Monday 3-15-10 DP

You can also find these sites by going to the Woodburn School Issues box to the right.

MEETING: BOE's meeting tomorrow Tuesday 3-16-10 at 7:00pm at the Board offices on High Street. Please attand to show your support for the school.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Woodburn School Site Selection Issues

The Monongalia County Board of Education is in the process of selecting a site to build a new school to replace the current Woodburn School. Supporters of the Woodburn neighborhood have been working hard and meeting with the BOE to assure the best site for the future of the neighborhood is selected. Go to this link for a letter that appeared in the Dominion Post recently.
You can also reach this link by going to the Woodburn School Issues Box on lower right side of this page.