Wva School Construction Projects Get Funding In 7 Counties

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — School systems in seven West Virginia counties will receive $75 million for construction and renovation.

The state School Building Authority awarded the funding Monday for public school projects in Greenbrier, Jefferson, Mercer, Mineral, Ohio, Roane and Summers counties.

Ohio County will receive $18 million from the state for renovations to six schools, while Roane County will get nearly $14 million for a new Spencer Middle School.

Mercer County will get $9.6 million for a new building to consolidate Bluewell and Brushfork elementary schools, while a $9.6 million grant will go toward construction of a new elementary school in the Mineral County community of Frankfort.

Summers County will use $8.2 million from the state toward additions and renovations to its combined middle and high schools. The state school board last year voted to permanently close the separate middle school and move students into the current high school building.

Students in flood-prone Alderson Elementary School in Greenbrier County will be relocated to a community center under an $8 million grant award. A $7.5 million award will go toward building replacement elementary schools in the Jefferson County communities of Ranson and Shepherdstown.

The authority did not fund proposed projects involving eight public schools in Cabell, Kanawha, McDowell and Wayne counties. Additional funding is expected to be awarded in December.