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FAYETTEVILLE (WVVA) -- Seventeen of the 18 schools in Fayette County are in need of serious repairs.

In order to keep all of the schools functioning next year, it's going to cost the county, $46 million, but to fix everything recommended it would cost a total of about $136 million. These figures are according to an assessment from a Charleston architect firm.

Each school will be holding a meeting for the community to voice what they'd like to see done before a final decision is made on a bond referendum at the June 4 school board meeting. 

"We're getting information back from the citizens as to what they really are interested in supporting... We have to have their support in order to address the facility needs, so the bond call has to be according to the wishes of your voters," says Keith Butcher, Fayette Co. Schools Superintendent.

One of the schools architects say is in the most need of repair is Collins Middle School in Oak Hill.  They'll be conducting a public meeting for locals to address what they'd like to see for the fate of their school May 20 at 6 p.m.  Call the school nearest you to find out more about their public meetings on the matter. 

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