Harrison County scores another funding victory

An editorial from the Exponent-Telegram:

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — On Monday, the Harrison County Schools System received good news from the School Building Authority.

Once again, the system earned the state agency’s blessing for a building project, this time a $1 million award for renovations at Simpson Elementary School.

Harrison County’s success with the SBA has been truly remarkable.

In the past six years, the county has received state funding for renovation projects at Nutter Fort Elementary, West Milford Elementary, Simpson Elementary (twice), Johnson Elementary and South Harrison High School.

The county also has received about $14 million to help build two new schools: Lumberport Elementary and the replacement for Lumberport Middle.

Superintendent Susan Collins says the county’s success stems from several factors.

First, the county system puts together a good project, one that is obvious in need. The administrators then supply all the needed documentation to the SBA staff.

“Each and every time we prioritize the county’s needs and from there select the project we go after,” Collins said.

She also was quick to credit county residents, who have long supplied their support through the extra levy.

“We have citizens who are willing to step forward and show their support of schools,” Collins said…

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