Marion County’s schools are updating their safety plans, officials said.

At the Marion County Board of Education’s regular meeting Monday, Superintendent of Schools James Phares said each school is required to perform an update on its safety and security plan each year. Those plans are turned into the county schools’ main offices. So far, the plans include items such as using only one entrance and exit, Phares said.

Each school also reviews and updates its plan after a crisis, he said.

School construction projects are moving forward as planned, Phares said. Work is beginning on Jayenne Elementary. This week, core drillings were performed, Phares said.

He said West Fairmont Middle School construction remains on schedule, with paving and landscaping projects nearly finished and work continuing on the inside of the building.

“It really looks nice,” said Mary “Sis” Murray, vice president of the board.

“It’s starting to look like a real school,” Phares said.

The scheduled completion date for the school is Jan. 30.

WFMS’s basketball teams and cheerleading squads will also have brand-new uniforms this season. Basketball coach Mike Cimaglia said an elimination dinner provided $6,340 toward the new uniforms, more than half the cost to outfit four basketball teams and the cheerleading squad.

Since the uniforms had to be ordered in September to be ready for the upcoming season, two parents kicked in the additional $6,000 until the WFMS Boosters could come up with the money to reimburse them. Phares recommended putting the additional $6,000 on the agenda for the board’s next regular meeting Dec. 4.

In other athletics matters, the board expressed support for Fairmont Senior High School’s football team as it travels to Martinsburg High School for the semifinal round of the Class AAA state playoffs.

Board member G.H. “Budd” Sapp said he traveled to Nitro Saturday to support the team and was proud of the team and fans.

“There was great attendance and fan support,” Sapp said. “They represented Marion County well.”

Phares said it has been the board’s unwritten agreement to pay travel expenses for any required athletic event. This week, FSHS’s band, football team and cheerleaders will travel to Martinsburg via coach bus instead of school bus.

He said he has already approved an equal amount to what the board would pay for school bus travel. That amounts to about $750 for the football team and about $750 for the band. Phares said the cheerleading squad had been offered the option of riding with either the band or football team.

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