The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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October 25, 2007

Ground broken for new elementary school

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The design of the school calls for a metal, pitched roof as opposed to the flat roofs of all other county schools. Snead says classrooms for younger students will be located on a different side of the building from those for older students.

Unlike the existing school, the new facility will have a separate gym and cafeteria. Also included in the new building will be a library and a state-of-the-art computer lab.

Snead says he does not believe the new school will disappoint. He and county officials say the Fairdale community will have not only a state-of-the-art facility, but the safest building possible.

Safety was a major consideration in the design of the building, Snead said, and closed-circuit security cameras will be located both inside and outside. Although the school will have several exits, it will have just one entrance, and Snead said visitors will enter a closed corridor and must be buzzed into the main area of the school.

“It will be extremely safe,” he said. “We’re doing everything we can to make safe schools for the children.”

Board members Judi Almond, Patricia Waddell and Rick Snuffer thanked the community for their support and patience.

Snuffer, who has a close connection to the school, said the project holds a special place in his heart.

“In 1961, I attended the ‘new’ Fairdale Elementary School,” he said. “... Now I’ve had my children come through here and my grandchildren will come through here and they’ll get to attend the ‘new’ Fairdale Elementary School.

“It’s going to be one of the most beautiful schools I think you’ve seen.”

— E-mail: mjames@register-herald.com

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