LOGAN, W.Va. — Several members of the Logan County Board of Education voiced concerns about the construction of a new grade school at Chapmanville; however, the measure was ultimately approved.
Logan County Schools secured funding from for the $11.4 million project by offering a nearly dollar-for-dollar match with grant funds from the School Building Authority.
The new building will reportedly only house first and second grade classes, and, in the future, parents could be dropping one child off at a new school and taking their older sibling to a grade school which is around 60 years old.
A previous incarnation of the board of education which approved the project was the object of continued scorn throughout the meeting.
Construction firm Persinger and Associates will handle the construction of the of the building with a bid around $5.5 million.
KW Electric will install the building’s electrical system for around $1 million, and DSO Mechanical will take care of the building’s HVAC and plumbing for $1.3 million.
Fire protection, windows and foot service are among other hard costs for the building bring that total to around $9.2 million.
Soft costs like surveying, permits, document printing, geotech evaluations and a construction management fee round out to $2.2 million.
Total project funding for the project is $12.5 million — making the construction of the school come out to more than $1 million under budget.
The cost per square foot of the school is projected to be $272.79.
Board president Paul Hardesty noted he would not vote for the measure saying the project was a bad idea that does not properly meet the attendance needs for the Chapmanville area.
Hardesty abstained from the vote that was ultimately approved by the four remaining board members.
Hardesty added he hoped to be convince the school building authority to allow the board to change the project, but the process was too advanced to change.
However, the vote to approve the measure was not achieved without considerate criticism from the remaining members of the board.
Board member Ed White explained, “I share the feelings on the Chapmanville Elementary Project. We’re stuck with it. We don’t have any choice now. I agree strongly with what Mr. Hardesty said, we should have had one school built.”
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 or by email at [email protected]