(04/16/2011)
Calhoun Superintendent of Schools Roger Propst said this week that the new $8.4 million Arnoldsburg School could be open by the fall of 2013.

Propst said preliminary work on the site could commence this fall. The site is in an area near the current school, but out of the flood plain.

Propst said there is site testing at the proposed location. Core drilling on the site has been completed and the site approved for construction.

He said archaeological testing is in process, and a 2nd level of testing is being recommended as a result of some artifacts being discovered in a specific area of the site.

"Preliminary evaluation does not indicate any serious problems that would preclude construction on the site," he said.

The WV School Building Authority issued $5.6 million toward the project, with Calhoun voters approving a bond for the remaining amount.

Other money approved in the county bond, about $745,000, will go toward air conditioning two gyms at Calhoun Middle-High School.

The Arnoldsburg school was built about 1952 on the flood plain, and has long had a problem with access during flooding.

Propst said Calhoun has now received $23,000,000 in funds from the SBA since 1996.


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