Calhoun Schools was just given $895,000 by the WV School Building Authority that requires zero dollars in local funding.

These funds will be used for renovations to the existing waste water treatment plant and restroom renovations at Calhoun County Middle/High School.

Other winning regional counties include Ritchie $1.4 million; Wirt $1 million.

The superintendent of Ritchie County Schools says a school bond that failed in September will be issued again during the May Primary Election now that the county has secured $1.4 million in funding from the state School Building Authority.

"It's a good day for Ritchie County," said superintendent Rick Coffman following the SBA meeting in Charleston Monday where 22 counties, including Ritchie, were awarded more than $49.2 million in funding for school construction projects.

Coffman told MetroNews a new bond will be issued May 8 and will only include a proposal to consolidate three of the county's four elementary schools — Harrisville, Ellenboro and Creed Collins. The bond would pay for construction of a new elementary school in Ellensboro.

The original $9.9 million bond, which was rejected 981-778, included the elementary school consolidation and renovations/additions to Ritchie County Middle/High School.

Coffman said the $1.4 million in SBA funding will go toward the middle/high school project.

The Ritchie County Middle/High School project includes security upgrades to the front entrance of the school, exterior door replacements and the relocation of administrative offices.

"By the time we're done, you're going to take a facility that's approximately 25 years old and give it a much needed face lift," Coffman said.

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