The building was originally estimated to cost about $12 million, but the extensive site preparation bumped the cost closer to $22 million.
When officials began discussing the project in 2010, school board officials were planning to pitch in around $3.7 million in county money, with the state paying the rest.
Now, the county is paying closer to $12 million.
The School Building Authority, the public agency that divvies up state funds for school construction projects, is pitching in about $10 million - $1 million more than it originally allocated for the building.
The new school, officially named Edgewood Elementary School by the school board, will consolidate two struggling West Side Elementary schools: J.E. Robins and Watts.
It's being billed as a "school of the future" and will feature a "blended learning" style and a lot of technology - most notably a one-to-one student-to-device ratio in the second through fifth grades.
Last week Henry Nearman, the current principal at J.E. Robins who was slated to be principal at the new school, retracted his acceptance of that position.
He'll take over at Ruffner Elementary instead.
The Edgewood principal job has not yet been filled.
Contact writer Shay Maunz at shay.ma...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4886.
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