Repairs Expected This Summer for Sand Hill School

Various repairs to the buildings of Sand Hill Elementary School are expected to begin this summer, school officials said.

The renovations will be funded by money given to Marshall County Schools from Consol Energy for any property damage caused by longwall mining conducted three years ago around the school.

Students who attended Sand Hill at the time were temporarily relocated to Hilltop Elementary for a few months to ensure their safety during the mining process.

Old aluminum-framed windows in the school’s main building will be replaced with smaller windows, which school staff requested to minimize the glare from the sun on the school’s interactive whiteboards. Crews will also put new roofs on all the buildings.

Principal Kimberly Cain said although the roof was damaged by the mining, the windows are simply getting old and need to be replaced.

“When we received money from Consol, a portion was set aside to be used at Sand Hill,” said county school Superintendent Michael Hince. “This is to fix some needed work and the school staff helped prioritize those needs last fall.”

Bids for the work are expected to go out soon after the Marshall County Board of Education approved the project this week. The work is expected to begin once students get out for the summer and should be completed before the next school year.

Hince estimated the project will cost about $198,000 in addition to architectural fees.

Consol previously repaired cracking in the school’s foundation and replaced the floor in some buildings that were damaged. The company’s Northern Panhandle mines have since been sold to St. Clairsville-based Murray Energy.