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Schools Request Nearly $130 Million for Building and Upgrades

Ashton Marra
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Over the past two days, 18 counties presented their facility needs to the state School Building Authority in Charleston. The requests totaled more than $100 million, but the agency only has about $45 million to give. That means some tough choices between deserving projects across the state.

Here is a list of those projects and their estimated costs.

Doddridge County:

  • $898,128 for two new classrooms at Doddridge County Elementary School
  • $398,128 in SBA funds

Gilmer County:

  •    $15,496,818 to construct a consolidated Gilmer Elementary School
  •    $13,618, 671 in SBA funds

Greenbrier County:

  •    $6,671,958 for an addition to Frankford Elementary School
  •    $6,327,898 in SBA funds

Jackson County:

  •    $17,816,041 to construct a new Ravenswood Middle School
  •    $17,066,041 in SBA funds

Kanawha County:

  • $2,791,352 to add on to and renovate Andrew Heights Elementary School
  • $2,091,352 in SBA funds

Mercer County:

  • $11,136,000 to construct a new Green Valley Elementary School, consolidating a portion of students from three schools
  • $8,908,800 in SBA funds

Mineral County:

  • $4,000,000 in renovations for Keyser Elementary/Middle School
  • $3,500,000 in SBA funds

Mingo County:

  • $10,108,879 for additions and renovations at Burch Middle School in order to consolidate and close Burch Elementary School
  • $9,108.879 in SBA funds

Monongalia County:

  • $15,952,803 to consolidate students from two schools and build a new Suncrest Elementary School
  • $10,952,803 in SBA funds

Ohio County:

  • $6,772,932 for renovations at Ritchie Elementary School
  • $5,892,451 in SBA funds

Pocahontas County:

  • $8,892,426 for renovations at five schools
  • $8,817,426 in SBA funds

Preston County:

  • $2,169,000 to replace the roofs at six schools
  • $2,060,550 in SBA funds

Randolph County:

  • $3,959, 749 for renovations to Tygart Valley Middle-High School
  • $3,709,749 in SBA funds

Ritchie County:

  • $6,641,016 in renovations and an addition to Collins Ferry Elementary School
  • $6,391,016 in SBA funds

Wayne County:

  • $42,200,000 to build two new elementary schools and an addition and renovations to Wayne County High School
  • $18,000,000 in SBA funds

Webster County:

  • $2,357,713 for renovations at Webster County High School
  • $2,257,713 in SBA funds

Wirt County:

  • $2,395,038 for renovations at Wirt County High School
  • $2,270,038 in SBA funds

Schools for the Deaf and Blind:

  • $7,800,000 for three new residential facilities and the demolition of a dilapidated cafeteria
  • $7,100,000 in SBA funds

You can read each county’s proposal in detail at the state School Building Authorities website.

The SBA will meet again on April 28, 2014, to determine which schools are awarded aid.

Ashton Marra covers the Capitol for West Virginia Public Radio and can be heard weekdays on West Virginia Morning, the station’s daily radio news program. Ashton can also be heard Sunday evenings as she brings you state headlines during NPR’s weekend edition of All Things Considered. She joined the news team in October of 2012.

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