Wayne County, WV schools gets big grant

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WYMT/WSAZ) - West Virginia's School Building Authority has given a planning grant of $250,000 to the Wayne Board of Education.

"The grant will allow us time to sit down and know exactly what we need to bring to the table," Wayne County Superintendent Lynn Hurt said. "We will be able to take 365 days to plan. However, we hope to fast track that and come back from our December meeting and have our plan ready to been considered."

Wayne County voters rejected a bond last December by a 3-to-1 vote that would have provided money to build a new Kenova Elementary School and Crum Elementary School.

Now the district, which has some money in the Capital Improvement Fund, is trying to find a way to finance what it considers it's two priorities.

Kenova Elementary School is now in its second full year of being housed in modular classrooms. The district has to find an alternative after the old Kenova Elementary was deemed unsafe -- after a sink hole was found on property several years ago.

Now, parents and passersby will notice signs on property, alerting people the end of the modular classrooms is near.

"The faculty paid for those signs out of our own pocket," said Lugene Jarrell, president of the Faculty Senate. "It's gotten attention; we're not going to sit back and wait for something to happen. We want to be proactive and make sure these children's education comes first."

Hurt said the move Monday by the SBA is a step in the right direction.

"We're elated about what's happening here today," Hurt said. "We're looking forward to working with the SBA, their employees, their design experts, and we hope to move forward."

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