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The Rolling Acres Gospel Music Park has cancelled its previously announced 2020 season due to the continued threat of the coronavirus.

For over 35 years Rolling Acres has brought gospel music to the New Creek Valley and as the chairs remain stacked, the Dodds family has decided not to host future gospel jubilees.

Prayers have been answered, lives changed and friendships made over the years at Rolling Acres and the organizers and volunteers offer their thanks to all who have contributed to the success of this musical ministry.

“I know there will be a lot of people disappointed and have a lot of questions, but we are eternally grateful for the love and support we have had for the last 35 plus years. This was not an easy decision, but to every life and service there is a chapter and this chapter for us has come to an end,” announced Sonny and Charles Dodds.

This is the second of four articles that will highlight each school here in Grant County and the upgrades, repairs and safety features that will occur upon passage of the excess levy on May 12. The list is not all inclusive but it is an attempt to address the critical needs each school possesses.

The upcoming excess school levy for the Grant County School District is in need of your support. The items on the levy are pretty basic and necessary.

Each school will also have a presentation given during their joint faculty senate / school improvement council / board of education meeting.

Approximately 85% of the levy asks for items that involve safety and building maintenance. The remaining 15% of the levy call allows Grant County residents and students free admission to all Grant County WVS- SAC interscholastic contests (5% of the above mentioned 15%) along with the opportunity for the district to alleviate overcrowding in its schools by allowing a minimum employment of two teachers and two aides (10% of the 15%).

PETERSBURG HIGH SCHOOL

Petersburg High School (PHS), who will host the second of four joint meetings of the above groups on March 24 beginning at 5:30 in the school media center.

Petersburg High School opened during the 1967-1968 school year, with the first graduating class crossing the stage in 1968. However, the “annex,” the building we use as a Teacher Training Center and for meetings, behind the Board of Education office, was built in 1925! Additionally, the area used for office space, warehousing the “backpack program” and other school specific needs aligned to student essentials was built in 1949. Moving along the spectrum, 1952 brought PHS “A” gym and “C” wing, which houses shop and music classes along with our Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter.

Following, you will find the construction that took place from 1952 until the present:

• 1968 – Core building and infrastructure

• 1971 – Cafeteria
• 1980 – New gym
• 1995 – Replacement of chiller
• 2000 – Eastern classrooms and alternative learning center – both housed in the two brick, ranch style buildings beyond the baseball outfield fence

• 2006 – Classrooms (12) at back of building

• 2019 – Cameras – funding through the Grant County Commission, Department of Homeland Security, and Grant County Schools.

As in our first article, listed below are potential upgrades and needed repairs that have been identified:

HVAC upgrade – as we have discussed earlier, the life expectancy of such units have been exhausted along with replacement of the Chiller;

• Sharing a PRO/SRO officer with Petersburg Elementary School. PRO officers have shown to be a deterrent in schools with duties including teaching and assisting in social emotional behavior, bullying and harassment curricula, presence in the schools to assist in monitoring safe school violations, and aptly serving the students as a presence when needed as duties call.

Construction of a “person trap” at the main entrance – preliminary plans are to have a glass enclosure inside the school at the main entrance. Once a visitor gains access to the school via protocol, they will still need to go through another set of doors before they gain full access to the school. Once completed, ALL schools will have additional safe school entrances.

Keyless door entry upgrades– our “fob” system of entrance into school software has again, much like many things, gone way beyond its life span. New hardware is needed to secure our buildings;

Intercom/emergency notification – tied into our new system we plan on purchasing, a simple “flip of the switch” which will enable instantaneous lock down of all doors and notification to all classrooms of a potential safe schools’ threat;

Security window tint – all outer windows will have security window tint...this tint will hinder those out- side from seeing the interior of the building. As all know, the front of PHS is troublesome. Installation of such tint film will assist is securing our school;

Domestic hot water holding tank – while this doesn’t sound like a needed item to replace, this tank dates back to when the school was built. It is on its last leg and to replace, the cost estimates run around $100,000!

Asbestos abatement – all schools in our county, when built, used tile that was asbestos based. Asbestos Vinyl Composition Floor Tile (VCT) is in all schools. This will be a major undertaking at both PHS and Union. Understand that there is no current danger as yearly inspection are conducted by the Department of Health and Human Resources, but in the interest of student health and safe- ty, the tiles on the floor need removed; and

Paving – at all schools, paving will occur

Note from Superintendent of Schools, Doug Lambert - Thanks to all for taking the time to review this list and the article. It is not all in- clusive but items listed are the ones we have identified as critical. Please feel free to contact me if there are any questions and/or concerns.

U.S. Air Force First Lieutenant Adam Pauley, C/1st Lt. Tyler Saville and C/SrA Jacob Saville, CAP cadets.

2013 Petersburg High School graduate Adam Pauley visited his alma mater Feb. 11. Home from his post in Cheyenne, Wyo., Air Force 1st Lieutenant Pauley shared his experiences with Petersburg students.

Pauley is a nuclear launch officer/pilot trainee at Francis E. Warren Air Force base in Cheyenne.

F. E. Warren Air Force Base is the oldest continuously active military installation within the Air Force. It is home to the 90th Missile Wing assigned to the 20th Air Force, Air Force Global Strike Command.

Warren became the nation’s first operational ICBM base with the introduction of the Atlas missile in 1958. Today, the Mighty Ninety operates Minuteman III ICBMs on full alert 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The motto of the wing is “impavide” which means undauntedly.

While a student at PHS, Pauley became a very active member of the Potomac Highlands Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol. He participated in an actual search and rescue mission in 2011 and nurtured his love of flying in the squadrons motored and glider opportunities. He also enjoyed flights in Black Hawk helicopters and C-130s at CAP encampment at Camp Dawson.

Pauley has recently earned his private pilot’s license and is awaiting his training as an Air Force pilot.

Pauley chose West Virginia University to further his education and participated in the Air Force ROTC there which cemented his officer status in the Air Force when he graduated.

Now he is a missileer. A missile combat crew (MCC), is a team of highly trained specialists, often called missileers, manning intermediate range and intercontinental ballistic missile systems.

In the United States, men and women, operate underground missile systems at launch control centers located throughout the country. The missile launch control environment varies by system. Pauley’s work site is underground, with the missiles located a distance away. He is on a 24 hour rotating schedule. He finds his career unique and exciting, and according to Pauley, “it is a cool job.”

Petersburg, WV

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