"All of the portables have kids in them every day, all day long," she said. "The county has done a lot of work on them, but at this point, the biggest concern is a safety issue. They're not part of the main building. If there was some sort of a safety emergency, can we get to them and communicate with them?"
Kanawha County Schools officials may again ask the SBA to fund the project in the future, Duerring said.
Also at Monday's meeting, SBA officials awarded about $1.7 million to Boone County for improvements to Sherman Junior/Senior High School. The project has a focus on safety and will provide new secure main entrances and better parking conditions. This was the third submission of a project for the school, and the county will contribute more than $700,000 in local funds.
Cabell County Schools will also receive money for an addition and renovation to Culloden Elementary School. The SBA awarded the school system more than $3.5 million that will include asbestos abatement and improve several areas of the school to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Ritchie County was awarded about $4.5 million to construct a four-classroom, kitchen and dining addition, as well as school access safety improvements at Harrisville Elementary School.
Harrison County was awarded about $8.2 million to construct a new Lumberport Middle School on the existing Lincoln High School campus.
SBA officials rejected Mingo County's request for $8.6 million to renovate and expand Burch Middle School, despite state Superintendent Jim Phares' support for the project.
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