The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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March 20, 2014

Greenbrier County asks SBA for funding

Lewisburg — Efforts to improve security and health in the last remaining school in northeastern Greenbrier County prompted an appeal to the state School Building Authority for funding, according to Superintendent Sallie Dalton.

Plans for Frankford Elementary School call for pulling the campus together under one roof, with one entry point — essential to safety of the facility, Dalton said.

With plans also in the works to remove portable units that now house kindergarten and pre-K classrooms, along with the school’s library, a 13,000-square-foot addition will be built, if the requested SBA funding is approved.

The school system is asking for $6,327,898 toward a projected cost of $6,671,958 for phase I, which primarily would involve construction, Dalton said. The remainder of the cost of phase I, along with the entirety of an anticipated $1.2 million phase II, would come from local funds, she said.

Phase II will include new HVAC (heating, ventilation and air-conditioning) and fire-suppression systems for the school and new ceilings and lighting for the existing school building.

Frankford serves approximately 263 students in grades pre-K through 5, drawing from an attendance district that embraces 178 square miles, an area that is 1.7 times greater than all of Ohio County in the state’s northern panhandle, Dalton pointed out to the SBA.

She said her pitch to the state agency stressed the importance of the school to its community and the very history of the county, noting that Frankford has had only two principals since 1944.

“Frankford is a community that loves their school,” Dalton said. “Frankford is exactly what a school should be.”

Hastening to add, “I love all my schools,” Dalton emphasized that the Frankford project is not only close to her own heart, but is also next in line in the county’s CEFP (Certified Educational Facility Plan).

She said the SBA is expected to announce funding decisions on April 28.

The SBA finds itself with only $45 million to give out this round, but with more than $100 million in pending requests from 18 of West Virginia’s 55 counties.

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