KEYSER - Saying the Mineral County Board of Education “is not in the position to pay for mistakes,” board president Rob Woy confirmed Tuesday that Keyser High School is still on the hook for repaying the board for the athletic complex.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - Saying the Mineral County Board of Education “is not in the position to pay for mistakes,” board president Rob Woy confirmed Tuesday that Keyser High School is still on the hook for repaying the board for the athletic complex.
Since the first loan payment came due in 2009, the county has had to pay a significant portion of the $279,000 annual payment for the athletic complex.
Originally, the payment was taken out of the board’s carryover funds, but eventually the county just included the payment in the budget every year.
The board will be making the last payment this June.
Tuesday, in discussing a request by the Frankfort Athletic Boosters for funding to light the FHS baseball, softball and soccer fields, Woy spoke about the unpaid debt for Keyser’s complex.
“I think it’s a wonderful thing when booster organizations want to raise money …but we have a multi-million dollar athletic complex at Keyser High School that went south on us, in more ways than one,” he said.
“Well, they’re supposed to keep paying us, right?” vice president Lara Courrier asked.
“Yes, they are,” Woy affirmed, noting that the board had voted in 2014 to renew its agreement with Keyser High School for the $2.2 million line of credit and confirming that the county expected to be paid back.
According to Woy, who was superintendent at the time, the renewal agreement stated that “KHS agrees to make annual repayments to the board until the line of credit is repaid in full.”