Jefferson County Schools at Risk
Rockwool is situated to profoundly impact local schools
Although technically part of Ranson, the site is northeast of the Route 9/480 junction and as close to Shepherdstown as the center of Ranson.
Rockwool is directly across Route 9 from North Jefferson Elementary and within 2 miles of T.A. Lowery Elementary, Jefferson High School, and Wildwood Middle School, as well as two freestanding daycare centers.
These four schools comprise 2,744 students, or thirty percent of Jefferson County’s entire student enrollment.
Do not build schools within two miles of facilities that release toxic chemicals into the air or land.World Health Organization (W.H.O.)
There is no manufacturing facility anywhere in West Virginia producing this much hazardous air pollution situated this close to this many schoolchildren.
Rockwool wrecks the county’s school growth plans
Beyond the nearby schools, within a four mile radius of Rockwool are each of the county’s two major land purchases on Shepherdstown Pike and Old Leetown Pike, as well as Driswood Elementary.
By way of comparison, there are no schools within four miles of Rockwool’s Mississippi plant.
For the safety of students, the [school] site shall be located away from hazards and undesirable environments, such as:... Noise, toxic gas escapes from railroads, airports, and odoriferous plants or industries”West Virginia state policy 202.06.
We are now a non-partisan, non-profit organization called Jefferson County Vision that is working to protect and improve the quality of life in our community.