West Virginia agency OKs funds for school building projects

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (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. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports $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 (kuh-NAW) County, and $6.6 million toward a new Highlawn Elementary School in Huntington.
Twenty-seven counties had sought $89.8 million in funding.
Information from: The Charleston Gazette-Mail, http://wvgazettemail.com.