|School superintendents from 28 West Virginia counties will be in the Charleston to start the week to pitch needed school construction, renovation and other improvement projects to the state School Building Authority.|
Calhoun Schools is requesting SBA funding in an amount of up to $895,118 and will be providing $0 in local funds, for a total of $895,118.
These funds will be used for renovations to the existing waste water treatment plant and restroom renovations at
Calhoun County Middle/High School.
In all, the requests for funding total $106 million and Frank “Bucky” Blackwell, SBA executive director, said the Authority has $50.5 million to allocate this year.
Three of the 28 county school systems are requesting SBA funding for the construction of new schools.
“The rest of the needs, they just fluctuate. Some of them are like new roofs, new HVACs for schools even drainage problems, renovations, classroom additions,” Blackwell said of the proposals.
REGIONAL COUNTY PROPOSALS
Ritchie County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $1,512,431 and will be providing $504,144 in local funds for a total of $2,016,575. These funds will be used for additions and renovations to Ritchie County Middle/High School, which include a safe school entrance, exterior door replacement, and relocating the administration offices.
Wirt County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $1,064,706 and will be providing $125,000 in local funds for a total of $1,189,706. These funds will be used for door, fire alarm, restroom upgrades and HVAC renovation at Wirt County Primary/Middle School. These renovations will correct several school access safety,
ADA and indoor air quality issues at this facility.
Braxton County is requesting SBA funding in an amount of up to $575,979 and will be providing $200,000 in local funds, for a total of $775,979. These funds will be used for a new roof over a majority of the facility and HVAC replacement of 3 existing HVAC units at Sutton Elementary School.
Clay County requests SBA funding in an amount of up to $9,263,438 and will be providing $500,000 in FEMA disaster relief funds, for a total of $9,763,438. These funds will be used in conjunction with a FEMA grant to renovate the existing Clay County High School, where the basement and locker rooms were flooded in the June 2016 disaster. SBA funds will be used for the reconfiguration of the gym/locker rooms, access safety upgrades, restroom renovations, HVAC, Electrical and window upgrades and a commons area addition. While the school sits within the 100-year flood plain, all proposed work, with the exception of the basement, will occur in areas that were not flooded in June, 2016.