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Schools vying for SBA funds

January 07, 1998

Schools vying for SBA funds

By DON AINES

Staff Writer, Martinsburg

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Two projects for Martinsburg elementary schools have been submitted to the West Virginia School Building Authority, according to a Berkeley County Schools official.

"The Winchester Avenue project is definitely the number one priority," said Maintenance Director Don Mitchell. The administration is asking for the state's help in funding a $591,000 project at the school that would add a multi-purpose room, two more classrooms and restrooms.

A proposal to complete revamping of the heating system at Tuscarora Elementary School on Tavern Road has also been submitted. Mitchell said Wednesday that proposal is for $300,000 to finish replacing electric rooftop units with more efficient gas units.

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While the school system has submitted two proposals to the SBA's Major Improvement Program, Mitchell said only one can be approved.

In the first year of the MIP program, Mitchell said the school system asked the SBA for $440,000 to replace all six rooftop heating units at Tuscarora.

The SBA approved $120,000 for the project and Mitchell said the school system put in about $80,000 to replace two of them.

Mitchell said the SBA will approve up to $500,000 for a single project, so even if the Winchester Avenue project gets the nod, the school system will have to pay a portion of the cost.

Earlier in the week, school board President Bill Sonnik said Winchester Avenue Elementary has no room for assemblies and just one set of restrooms.

Mitchell said the SBA will meet on March 30 to determine which project will be approved. Each of the 55 county school systems in the state are allowed to make submissions to the program.

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