CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state School Building Authority approved $350,000 Friday in emergency funding for a new elementary school being built on the Lewis-Gilmer County line.

SBA Executive Director David Sneed said the earth has moved behind the construction project. He said the slip began on an adjacent property and got to within 20 feet of the building. Contractors had to take down some scaffolding. Sneed said the possible problem did not show up during the school’s design phase.

The emergency funding approved Friday will pay a contractor to dig out the dirt and install a drainage system.

“They’ll be doing some sloping and putting a graded bench in,” Sneed said.

The work isn’t expected to delay completion of the project. The school is a regional school project that will house students from Lewis and Gilmer counties.

Also at Friday’s meeting Sneed, who was appointed last week by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, was sworn-in to office along with two new authority members.

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  • Linda V.

    What I find suspicious about this school is that the cornerstone of the school has the name of the Masonic Lodge with their emblem on it. Why would the Masons have anything to do with a public school? Interesting!

  • Woodchuck

    Engineers mess up and we the taxpayer has to pay?

    Must be a government thing.

    • ViennaGuy

      Yes, it is.

      Here in Wood County, a school improvement project was done about ten years ago. It went $13 million over budget - 25% over budget! The project was not scaled back, nor was it substantially modified in any way because it was a pet project of the then-superintendent.

      In the private sector, the project would have been scaled back; heads would have rolled when it was completed. But the school board? Nope, it's just tax money. The project was completed, the board said "Hey, too bad, that's the way it goes" and patted itself on the back for a job well done. Oh, and the taxpayer footed the bill.

      Some of us here in Wood County are to this day unhappy about it, and we will not vote for ANY school levies as a result.

      • jss

        VE, great response: punish future generations for their elder's mistakes.

        • ViennaGuy

          OK JSS, tell me: how would you hold an financially-reckless school board to account for their actions? How else would you send a message that financial incompetence will not be tolerated by the taxpayer? Should they be given a free pass because there are kids involved? Or should they be given a free pass because taxpayer money is involved? How should this be rectified? And don't try to tell me "elect new school board members," because we've done that and it DOESN'T WORK. The same old incompetence remains. Why should the taxpayer continue to take it in the shorts?

          I have no idea where you live - but if you don't live in Wood County, you don't have any idea about how financially mismanaged Wood County Schools has been over the decades. Some of us are very tired of it, and we refuse to tolerate it any longer.