Kanawha County Schools has embarked on another busy year of work on its facilities after having a productive year in 2011.
Last summer marked the end of construction on the county's newest facility, the new West Side Elementary School.
The year-round school opened in July, but school officials are far from finished building new schools, tearing down old ones and renovating the salvageable.
The school system is preparing for construction of the new Edgewood Elementary School. Open bids for site preparation went out in mid-January, and portions of the project have had to be scaled back and redesigned, said Chuck Wilson facilities manager for Kanawha County Schools.
The first design was over budget by $1.5 million to $2 million.
Another large project for the school system is at the old Chandler Elementary Building. Chandler and Glenwood elementaries were closed last year and the student bodies consolidated at West Side Elementary.
The school board voted to explore the viability of the Chandler building as a new alternative school.
The program bring into one building the students from Tyler Middle School in Dunbar and from the East Academy, now housed at Capital High School.
Wilson said the school system will use its own employees for the work at Chandler rather than hiring a private contractor.
"By doing this in-house, we save a lot of money. We're trying to be efficient and give these kids a second chance," Wilson said.