CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Students who attend Winfield Middle School and Connor Street Elementary School in Hurricane will return to brand new facilities after the holiday break.
Putnam County Schools officials are readying portions of the new Winfield Middle and Connor Street so they'll be available for students in January, said county Superintendent Chuck Hatfield.
"It's a real exciting time," Hatfield said, adding the projects are two of many for Putnam County Schools.
"When it's all said and done, we will have just about rebuilt the entire county," Hatfield said.
From the time construction started four years ago to when it is completed in two years, the county will have spent roughly $120 million on new schools, Hatfield said.
A large chunk of that money came from a $57 million bond sale in 2009, approved by county voters that agreed to pay higher property taxes to retire the debt. The local effort helped the county secure $22 million from the state School Building Authority.
That $22 million has gone to Winfield Middle, Hatfield said.
During the next two weeks teachers and staff will prepare classrooms in the new, three-story section of the school, said Brad Hodges, county facilities director.
Students will move from the old section to the new section so the older portion can be demolished and the county can rebuild the rest of the school. Hodges said the entire project should be done by the summer of 2014.
"They're going to be probably a little bit cramped. But it's doable. It's workable," Hodges said.
Right now all of the sixth- and seventh-grade students are in portables, Hatfield said. Even if the school is a little cramped for a while, moving out of portables is always a priority, he said.