School Building Authority allocates $9 million for school projects

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia School Building Authority handed down more than $9 million in grant awards under two separate programs in a meeting that took place Monday in Charleston.

According to information from the SBA, Cabell, Pocahontas, Putnam, Raleigh and Wayne counties were all awarded $1 million each for projects under the SBA’s MIP (Major Improvement Projects) grant program.

Each county has pledged local funds to go with the $1 million awards.

Wayne County plans improvements for Wayne Middle School. The total project is $1.7 million. Poca High School in Putnam County will get a $1.4 million addition focused on career readiness.

Raleigh County plans a new gym for Park Middle School. The $1 million allocation will go with $8.6 million in local funds. Pocahontas County has a new roof and other work scheduled for Marlinton Elementary School for $1.1 million while Cabell County officials have plans for additions and renovations at Altizer Elementary for approximately $2.5 million.

The SBA awarded all 5 projects requesting funding under its Multi-County Statewide Grants program. Most are improvements to multi-county technical education facilities. The SBA did award $624,000 for lighting such as changing into an mr11 bulb, security and sprinklers at the Schools for the Deaf and Blind in Romney.

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