WV School Building Authority hands out money to schools
Schools across the state, like this one in Kenova, WV, are receiving money from the state.
It's no secret Kenova Elementary School is in a state of disrepair."We've been anxious for three years hoping to get a new school, it's like we're all holding our breath,” said Deidre Farley, the principal at Kenova Elementary .Anxiety has been building up to this Monday. The state School Building Authority met at Capital High School earlier in the morning to decide how to hand out $45 million in funding to build new facilities and improve others.
Wayne County asked for an $18 million grant. The money will be used for a new Ceredo-Kenova Elementary, a new Crum Pre K-8, and security enhancements Wayne County High School.“It's going to be a brand new state-of-the-art building, which is something we haven't been remotely close to here in a long time,” said Jenni Butler, a speech therapist with Wayne County Schools.
There are obvious repairs that need to made at Kenova Elementary, but parents and teachers say their biggest concern is that the school will be closed down if the money isn't granted."Our biggest concern here is the idea of disbursement and losing our identity and losing Kenova Elementary,” said Farley.This year 21 counties submitted proposals asking for $170 million. In the end, only seven received money.
Wayne County was one of the lucky few."The state is giving us a second chance, they've told us they are willing to help us,” said Lesley Shumaker, a parent and teacher of Kenova Elementary. But the work isn’t done. To get the $18 million, the voters of Wayne County have to approve a bond of equal value. "Several schools in the state are wanting this money and they're going to be in line if we don’t get this bond passed," said Farley. The vote is on May 13th. The last time a bond issue went the voters in 2012, it failed to pass.
Other school systems to receive SBA funding Monday included: $5.3 million for Ohio County, $8.6 million for Monongalia County, $380,000 for Doddridge County, $100,000 for Brooke County, $12.2 million for Gilmer County and $8.6million for Mingo County. ?
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