CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- John Adams Middle School will undergo major renovations and an expansion project.
The Kanawha County school board voted Thursday to approve the project. ZMM architects, a Charleston firm, were awarded the contract based on their low bid for the project.
School system officials have been discussing plans to renovate and expand at the crowded South Hills school for months.
Officials went to the School Building Authority, the group charged with divvying up state funds for construction projects at public schools, in December to request funding for the project.
The SBA agreed to put up $750,000, with the school system putting $128,000 toward the project. But the school needed another $250,000 to fund the expansion.
A group of parents and community members originally offered to raise money for the addition.
Alan Bell headed up that project. Bell is the developer of The Ridges, a multimillion-dollar housing development on the border between Alum Creek and South Charleston. Residents currently send their children to the John Adams-George Washington district but worried that redistricting would send them to South Charleston.
Bell originally offered to come up with the full $1 million the county needed for the project. When the SBA offered to put up $750,000, he said he would raise the last $250,000.