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Schools Breathe a Sigh of Relief

By: Laurabree Austin Email
By: Laurabree Austin Email

A school that's bursting at its seams now has something big to look forward to!

The West Virginia School Building Authority handed out millions this week. And one school that's receiving $500,000 will use it help alleviate overcrowding problems that have plagued the district for years.

Point Harmony Elementary School in Cross Lanes has continued to see growth in the student population. That's why small portable classrooms that were supposed to be temporary -- ended up staying for decades. Last year parents rallied to get their kids back in the main building. They worried about mold and health issues. So in order to get the kids moved from these portables -- 25 classrooms inside the school were rearranged.

The school’s principal says, “I think it's phenomenal what the people who work here and the students and parents who are here have done to make the crowded situation as workable as possible.”

But soon – there will be room to move! Not only will all the kids be under one roof – with adequate space – but there is a proposed new addition in the works with a library and tech lab.

In addition to that funding, there are also three other counties in our region who will be awarded money from the School Building Authority.

In Cabell County, Altizer Elementary will be getting 50-thousand dollars. In Roane County, Spencer Elementary will be seeing nearly 130-thousand. And Putnam County’s Eastbrook Elementary will be getting just over 420-thousand. That money at Eastbrook will go towards classrooms and a new media center.

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