UPDATE 6/12/17 @ 6:15 p.m.
LOGAN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Construction on a new school in Chaprmanville is now officially underway.
Monday afternoon, school officials held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new intermediate school that will be built along West Tiger Lane, next to Chapmanville Regional High School.
"It's a new day here in Chapmanville. Our students deserve this. Our taxpayers deserve this, and we hope it helps with the learning curve," School Board President Paul Hardesty said.
The next school, which does not have an official name yet, will be approximately 42,000 square feet and will house roughly 400 students in 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade. In all, the project will cost $12.5 million; $6 million will be paid by the county while the remainder will be paid for through an School Building Authority grant.
"That's a lot of money. Most schools will put in -- when they do SBA projects -- they'll put in 25 to 30 cents on the dollar. This was almost a dollar for dollar match from the School Building Authority," Hardesty said.
But price tag aside, Hardesty says the new school will provide a better education for young students, including new and advanced technology. "We don't have that in a lot of schools. Technology is woefully lacking here. We're hoping this new school will continue to bring us into the 21st century."
The project is scheduled to be completed by May 2018 and in time for the 2018-19 school year.
UPDATE 4/21/17 @ 11:45 p.m.
CHAPMANVILLE, W.Va. (WSAZ) – A new school in Chapmanville is one step closer to becoming a reality.
School board members voted to move forward with the construction of a new elementary school during a meeting this week.
The plans were approved 4-0. Board President Paul Hardesty did not vote.
We first reported about the new school back in December. The new school will be built along West Tiger Lane.
According to Hardesty, the school will house either pre-k through second grade or third- and fourth-graders when complete.
The project is expected to be completed in time for the 2018-19 school year and cost about $12.5 million.
ORIGINAL STORY 12/19/16
CHAPMANVILLE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- School officials in Logan County are now just days away from taking ownership of a road, they believe, will pave the way to progress.
It's part of a multi-million dollar project, building a brand new school and re-vamping the school campus in Chapmanville.
Town officials are expected to sign an easement, moving control of West Tiger Lane from the DOH to Logan County Schools, within the next two days.
Logan County Schools officials say the new school, for all second, third and fourth-graders in Chapmanville, will fill the void left after the demolition of the old high school.
West Tiger Lane, which currently runs from West Chapmanville Elementary School, the old high school and the current Chapmanville Regional High School, will be re-routed to give buses their own path and parents driving their students a road of their own. A new walkway, with safety features for students, will also be added.
In all, the project will cost $12.5 million; $6 million will be paid by the county while the remainder will be paid for through an School Building Authority grant.
"Logan County is really putting a lot of money into the future of our children," schools Operations Director Mark Adkins said. "We're in the business of educating children and we want them to have the best we can offer."
The project is scheduled to be completed in time for the 2018-19 school year.
When the new school is completed, school officials plan on moving all pre-k, kindergarten and first grade students from East Chapmanville Elementary School to West Chapmanville Elementary School.
School officials say East Chapmanville Elementary School will likely close to students. The school was built in 1935 and is the oldest school in Chapmanville.