CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Kanawha County is getting an additional $1 million in state funds to finish building the new elementary school near Edgewood Country Club.
On Monday, the state School Building Authority voted to help Kanawha County close a $2.8 million budget gap to complete its "school of the future" on Charleston's West Side.
"This will be a major boost for the West Side," said Ron Duerring, superintendent of Kanawha County schools. "This project has been a labor of love."
The School Building Authority initially gave Kanawha County $8.84 million in 2010 to fund the project, with Kanawha County officials saying they would devote $3.77 million in local funds.
But costs for the school project, which were initially pegged at $12.5 million, have skyrocketed after pushback from area residents relocated the project to its current hilly site.
It has cost more than $6.5 million alone to clear trees, move land and build an access road up to the site of the school before anything has been built.
The total project is now estimated at $21 million. Kanawha County schools will contribute roughly $11 million to build the new school, with the SBA devoting more than $9 million.
The school system settled on the current Edgewood site for the new school after it scuttled plans to build the school at Cato Park. Some residents near the park worried about flooding and increased traffic, and those concerns stalled the Cato plans until school board members scrapped them altogether.