(02/27/2009)
State School Building Authority Executive Director Mark Manchin says he still isn't clear how much federal stimulus money the SBA will receive.

The federal package deleted new school construction projects, allowing the funds to be spent on other areas of education.

Some reports have said some of West Virginia's education slice will be sent to each county based on student population, but that remains to be seen.

Calhoun Superintendent of Schools Roger Propst says he has been told that replacing school roofs could be a high priority.

"If that's the case, the Arnoldsburg Elementary School has been on the needs list for a long time," Propst said.

Mark Manchin says he hopes to know soon about the SBA's share of the state's $1.8 billion.

Next month he will be meeting with county superintendents who will make their cases for construction and renovation needs.

The SBA will approve projects in April.

The stimulus money can only be spent on renovations, repairs or modernization.


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