ELKINS, W. Va. – The funds to repair the Harman School got a boost on Thursday.
The Randolph County Commission has approved $25,000 from coal severance funds toward the emergency repairs needed to get students back into the school.
With this added to anonymous donations, officials claim this brings the amount in the fund up to $55,000.
Superintendent Terry George originally estimated the emergency repairs to get the school operational would be about $175,000, but the estimate has since gone up. Also, this would only be for the minimum amount of repairs needed rather than full remediation, which is estimated to cost $775,000.
George is also pursuing other means of funding through grants and donations.
Harman students will begin the school year on August 14 in other area schools until the repairs are completed and the building is deemed safe.