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SCORE! Schools Get Help with Unfunded Gym Scoreboards

December 29, 2008

Ironton, OH – The scoreboards show that everyone is a winner at Ironton's new middle and elementary schools, which are under construction. The Tri-State Building and Construction Trades Council, which covers West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky, passed the hat to pay for gymnasium scoreboards at the school along the West Virginia border once members heard that state rules did not allow them to be paid for with school construction money.

Business manager for the Trades Council, Steve Burton, says his members were happy to pitch in to help, and were able to do so thanks to the contact work on the school buildings.

"We raised $36,000. So, that gave them $11,000 more to put to use someplace in else in those new schools."

Burton calls it an example of how considering local contracts for major projects can bring extra economic benefits to a community. It's something the Trades Council worked to help the public understand when the bond for the school construction was up for a vote.

"We jumped in, part of the community. They made a commitment to us and we made a commitment to them, and the whole deal is working out very well."

Burton says big projects often are awarded to outside contractors, which he says takes money out of communities. Others say bigger out-of-area companies can do the work more quickly, but Burton points out that the schools are coming in ahead of schedule and under cost with local workers. The Ironton schools will be open for the 2009 school year.

Deborah Smith/Deb Courson, Public News Service - WV