CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Kanawha County's request for state funding to help finance renovations at Andrews Heights Elementary School has been denied for a third time.
The School Building Authority, the state agency charged with divvying funds for school construction projects, allocated a little more than $50 million to 11 projects Monday. But the authority voted against giving Kanawha County the $1.9 million it sought to help fund the $2.6 million project at Andrews Heights.
After the meeting, Superintendent Ron Deurring said the county has no plans to move forward with the renovations without help from the state.
Right now, the school in the community of Tornado outside St. Albans uses four portable classrooms to accommodate its 319 students. The proposed plan would have added classrooms and expanded the kitchen.
Scott Raines, director of architectural services for the authority, acknowledged that Andrews Heights does need renovations even as he recommended the project not be a top priority for the board.
"I can honestly say I've been to this building and I think this is the smallest kitchen space I've ever seen," he said. Yet he didn't recommend the board sacrifice other projects if funds weren't available.
"While all the projects were good projects, they would all have a positive effect on students," Raines said. "It's unfortunate that we won't be able to fund them all."