Still In Debt

January 4, 2017

As part of the funding plan to pay for a new athletic complex, Keyser (W.Va.) High School agreed to pay an annual sum of $279,000. Last year, however, only $31,000 was raised, according to an article in the Mineral Daily News-Tribune.

One problem has been a decline in an annual giving program. Community members who had originally committed to annual donations are not coming through. 

"I think at one point they had a person in our building making phone calls," said first-year Keyser High School Principal Mike Lewis.
"We need to generate some excitement."

In response, the high school and board of education are looking a new fundraising ideas. Recently, the high school started a program in which groups that use the athletic complex give 15 percent of any of its fundraising profit back to the school. Of that amount, five percent will be allocated to the school’s payment. The remaining portion will be used for administrative costs and improvements for the facility relating to the group’s use.

Along with this program, the KHS Athletic Association was recently formed to focus on fundraisers. According to a follow-up article from the Mineral Daily News-Tribune, the board has asked for specific ideas as the next payment's due date approaches.

“You talk about plans… but I’m looking for something I can reach out and touch,” Rob Woy, Mineral County Board of Education member, said. “In June, we’ve got a $279,000 payment to make. What is Keyser High School going to do to raise that money? I would like to see specifics… to get an idea of when you’re going to come up with the money.”  

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