W.Va. Agency OKs Funding

CHARLESTON (AP) — The West Virginia School Building Authority has voted to fund $59.1 million in facilities projects statewide.

Monday’s vote includes construction and renovation projects for public school systems in 22 counties. A total of $49.2 million comes from this year’s “needs” grant funding cycle and $9.9 million is from next year’s cycle.

The board voted to spend $10.7 million for a new prekindergarten through second-grade school in Mercer County and $7.5 million for expansion of the Wood County Technical Center in Parkersburg. Other projects include $7 million to fix heating and cooling issues and replace part of the roof of the Ben Franklin Career Center in Kanawha County, and $6.6 million toward a new Highlawn Elementary School in Huntington.