School Building Authority hearing from school superintendents seeking needs based funding

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state School Building Authority will hear from school superintendents from 14 counties Tuesday looking to get part of $45 million available in NEEDs grant funding.

The SBA began hearing the presentations Monday in Charleston. The authority has requests totaling approximately $137 million from 27 counties.

Fayette County School Superintendent Terry George asked the SBA for more than $13 million Monday for renovations at four schools including Fayetteville PK-8, Valley PK-8, Midland Trail High School and Oak Hill High School. The county has $2 million in local funds to go with its request.

The presentation from Ohio County Superintendent Kimberly Miller included plans for renovations to Triadelphia and Bridge Street middle schools for a total of $9 million. Ohio County’s local match is $2.7 million.

Harrison County Superintendent Mark Manchin presented a plan Monday to create Gore Elementary School at the current United High School building in Clarksburg. Manchin asked for $5.8 million in SBA funding. Students from Adamston and Wilsonburg elementary schools will combine to form the new school. Harrison County also has a $2 million local match.

The Tuesday presentations will include a request from Kanawha County School Superintendent Ron Duerring for more than $1.1 million for renovations and additions to Alum Creek Elementary. The county has $400,000 to contribute the project.

Putnam County Superintendent John Hudson is seeking $2.6 million for an addition and renovation project at Hurricane High School. Putnam County also has $400,000 in local matching funds.

The SBA will award the grants at its Dec. 10 meeting.

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