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Millions Announced For School Building Improvements

An empty school hallway is largely white and well-lit, with bright blue doors at the end of the hallway.Adobe Stock/M. Ireland Photography

The West Virginia School Building Authority approved a combination of multi-county and major improvement awards totaling more than $26 million at its meeting Wednesday.

The money will go to 26 renovation and improvement projects including additions, roof replacements and utility improvements.

More than a third of the awards will go to five career and technical centers that serve multiple counties.

Gov. Jim Justice, who serves as the authority’s chairman, said “an investment in our schools is an investment in our children.”

“We’ve made huge strides in improving our infrastructure, but we aren’t going to stop here,” he said. “Our work isn’t done. We will keep doing more to provide the best education possible for our kids because they deserve it. Let’s keep it going.”
The legislature appropriated $150 million for the School Building Authority in the state budget for the coming fiscal year in order to avoid a federal claw back of COVID-era funding.