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Nineteen counties seek WV school building funds

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Nineteen school districts across West Virginia are vying for their share of $28.5 million from the School Building Authority for school construction and enhancement.

Superintendents began presenting their funding requests Monday, and the process continues today.

The Authority will meet Dec. 11 to allocate funds.

On Monday, Greenbrier County requested $4.9 million to build a new Rupert Elementary School attached to Western Greenbrier Middle — a $5.3 million project in all.

Rupert Elementary, which has 218 students, was damaged during the June flood.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency will cover 75 percent of repair costs if the school is not rebuilt on its existing location.

The project proposes using $500,000 in a local match.

Hardy, Morgan, Berkeley, Ohio and Tyler counties also presented applications for funding on Monday.

Cabell, Clay, Wood, Calhoun, Mercer, Monroe, Taylor, Monongalia, Pleasants, Preston, Pocahontas, Mason and Fayette counties will present applications for funding today.

Mercer County will request $9 million of a $12 million project to build a new Green Valley Elementary, which would include all students from Ceres Elementary, 100 from Glenwood School, 40 from Brushfork and 70 PreK-2 students from Cumberland Heights and Memorial Elementary.

Monroe County will request a $500,000 reserve grant for the development of a new Peterstown PreK-8 school. If the grant awarded, the district will attempt to pass a $10 million bond to put toward the $24 million project in the future.

Fayette County will request $22.6 million over multible years toward a $39.6 project to build a new Collins Middle School and PreK-2 elementary in Oak Hill.

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