Gilmer County Schools Superintendent Ron Blankenship says the WV School Building Authority has approved the first plans for the new elementary school.

Troy Elementary in Gilmer County and Alum Bridge Elementary in Lewis County will merge into a new school on the county line, the first such two-county project in the state.

The SBA has funded $9.5 million toward the project with the two counties splitting the rest of the costs.

"I think it's a great opportunity for the students at Troy as well as Alum Bridge. Both those buildings are very old, they're very difficult to maintain and when this project is complete all those students will be in a brand new modern facility with all the benefits and resources that go with that," said superintendent Blankenship.

He says the school should will be finished in time for the 2014-2015 school year.

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