The Clay Community School Board will be holding a final work session Wednesday before deciding on a course of action to renovate the corporation facilities.
The meeting will take place at 6 p.m. at North Clay Middle School.
The board will discuss several different project proposals that have been presented since the building committees gave recommendations to the board.
At the Jan. 10 school board meeting, one patron made comments in favor of the original $53 million building plan, and some patrons emphasized the need for any improvement in the school buildings.
Doug Disney, who had also made comments at the community forums in the fall, asked the board to "stay on task, stay on point," and approve the $53 million plan. Disney said breaking up the project would eventually cost the community more.
He also wants his children to have "a proud, functional institution to learn in."
Elaine Clark, an employee at Meridian Elementary, thanked the board for considering renovating the buildings. She emphasized the need to attract new people to the community, as well as being able to provide one-on-one instruction.
Scott Alsip was a member of a building committee, and asked the board to consider how the state of school facilities effects the decision of businesses to relocate to Clay County.
Alsip said taxes are not going away, and by attracting new business to the county, the tax base would grow instead of diminish.
John Brush admitted the board would need to make a tough decision.
He said he would lead the signature drive if a remonstrance petition is filed against the corporation.
His wife, a Staunton Elementary School teacher, who wore "long johns" and used a heater in her metal building classroom on teacher workday because the heat was turned down to save energy, moved Brush to action.
Brush said there are other community members who do not want their children learning in substandard buildings, but they may not be the most vocal supporters.
Several speakers referred to letters to the editor and previous comments made by community members who did not support the project.
The board will take into account the suggestions from the community while making their decision.
Members of the board reminded the public to be informed by attending meetings, not listening to gossip. They also encouraged the community to attend Wednesday's meeting.
"It's going to be a tough decision. I encourage everyone to come back to the meeting on the 16th," board member Brian Atkinson said.