MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The state School Building Authority meets in Morgantown Monday at the new Eastwood Elementary School. It will be the last meeting for outgoing SBA Executive Director Mark Manchin. He has taken a new job as the school superintendent of Harrison County and his last day on the job is June 30.

After seven years with the SBA, Manchin said it’s looking forward to a new challenge.

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Manchin took offer at the state SBA in 2006.

“It’s exciting because you’re back really in the day-to-day operations of the school system, which I’ve always been excited about and have an opportunity to make a difference,” Manchin told MetroNews ahead of the meeting.

He said leaving the SBA is bittersweet.

Since 2006 the SBA has helped pay for $1 billion worth of school projects in every part of the state. That includes nine new high schools, 17 new middle schools and 34 new elementary schools. While he said he’s proud of that fact, his biggest achievement with the SBA has been creating one of the safest school systems in the country.

“We spent more than 35-million dollars just making schools safer. I doubt there’s very few schools in West Virginia you can walk directly into that the School Building Authority has not provided funds for shatter-proof glass and keyless entries where people can’t walk directly into school buildings,” said Manchin.

Manchin stressed by making SBA funds available the community has been willing to buy into new school projects with local funding.

“Fourteen counties have passed bonds in these last seven years. That many had passed them in the past 30 years.”

As for the SBA’s future, Manchin said it’s up to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to name his successor. That could happen as early as Monday morning.

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  • NCWV62

    “Fourteen counties have passed bonds in these last seven years. That many had passed them in the past 30 years.”

    Desperate times call for desperate measures.

  • Aaron

    I don't like the way the SBA operates DEMANDING counties either pass individual county levies or get no SBA money. We should either fund schools at the county level only or at the state level but there should not be a mixture of the two as that creates the very situation Wayne County voters faced in May.

    • I'm honest at least

      +1

    • ViennaGuy

      - We should either fund schools at the county level only or at the state level but there should not be a mixture of the two as that creates the very situation Wayne County voters faced in May. -

      Aaron, you can blame the Recht Decision for that.

      http://www.wvgazette.com/News/201205120049

      Frankly, I'd like to see the schools funded by means other than property taxes. Property taxes are unfair. A better way to fund schools would be to have everyone in a county pay something toward the school system(income tax, a flat fee, or some other means), and then those who have kids in the school system pay something more - after all, they are the ones using the school system.

      • The bookman

        Do you not view our public school system integral to our overall society's progress and prosperity? I agree that property tax as a sole funding source is specifically onerous to one segment of the population, but many people pay no net tax, other than consumption sales taxes. It is for this reason that I have always been a proponent of flat taxes and consumption taxes to find government services. Simple, effective taxation that is broad based across all demographics so that everyone contributes their fair share. No social engineering using the tax code, and no special carve outs or deductions that benefits privileged groups.

        • ViennaGuy

          - Do you not view our public school system integral to our overall society's progress and prosperity? -

          Bookman, absolutely I do. That's why I said **everybody** should pay something towards the school system, **regardless** of whether or not they have kids in the system. Those that do have kids in the system should pay a little more than those who don't, but everybody should pay some towards it.

          I think you misread my post. :-)

          Like you, I would rather see a flat tax or a fee to help fund schools instead of a property tax.

          I think we're on the same page here. :-)

          • The bookman

            I think we are, with the exception of those who have children that attend school bearing more responsibility for funding. That's called private school. I don't believe it is possible to create a tax structure or fee schedule that achieves that, and for children with disabilities, federal law prohibits it through Free Appropriate Public Education. I understand your argument, as it is the same many put forward in trying to find a relative funding source for the road fund via mileage taxes or use taxes or tolls.

            Our tax code is being used to divide us. By placing the burden on the few, a comfortable majority is always available for the retention of power. One day, the few will decide it is no longer worth the income to provide for everyone else, and the house of cards will collapse. I like broad based taxes with no loopholes, no deductions, and long term predictability.

  • me

    This family politicking is getting old. Same ole same ole

  • mikeyd

    he was given his job from family member two faced joe , like i said joe is for family and friends