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School officials finalize $19 million request

October 01, 2003|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A $19 million state funding request to help build a second high school in Jefferson County and renovate Jefferson High School was finalized by the Jefferson County Board of Education Tuesday morning.

If funded by the School Building Authority, the $19 million will be part of a proposed $48 million construction project, said Board of Education member Doris Cline.

Other sources of funding for the project include $6 million awarded by the state Economic Development Grant Committee and a proposed $19 million bond issue that Jefferson County voters will be asked to approve on May 11, 2004, Cline said.

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The remaining $4 million is made up of two areas that have already been finalized, Cline said.

One area is the land for the second high school. A 57-acre parcel has been donated to the school system for the second high school by the developers of the 3,800-home Huntfield development.

The land is valued at $3 million, Cline said.

The remaining $1 million reflects architectural drawings which have been drawn up for the renovation of Jefferson High School, Cline said.

The School Building Authority funding request had to be mailed and postmarked on Tuesday, Cline said.

School officials are expected to appear before the School Building Authority on Nov. 18 or 19 to personally present the funding proposal to the authority, Cline said.

The School Building Authority is expected to announce in December which school construction projects it will fund in the state.

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