(11/14/2005)
The State School Building Authority commenced hearing today from Superintendents and school officials from 37 county systems that have proposed projects for possible SBA funding.

Calhoun is asking for $242,997 to replace carpet with tile throughout Calhoun County Middle-High School.

Administrator Donnie Pitts says the money is needed to replace the carpeting in classrooms with tile covering.

Neighboring Gilmer County is asking for $675,620 for renovations at Glenville Elementary School. The SBA has about $35 million dollars to allocate this year for school construction projects. The total amount for the projects requested is about $147 million dollars.

"Any time you have less dollars and more projects, the competition is always stiffer and looking for the best projects that are out there is always something that our Board tries their best to do," says Clancy Williams.

Some of the larger project requests include $18 million dollars for two new elementary schools to replace five elementary school in Charleston in Kanawha County, eight-million dollars to build a new Hacker Valley pre-kindergarten through eighth grade school in Webster County, seven-million dollars for a new Teays Elementary School in Putnam County and seven-million dollars for an addition and renovations at Petersburg High School in Grant County.

The state will meet December 12th to allocate money.


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