"We're committed to the project, and we're still waiting to hear. If not, we'll have to take away from some other line item that will hurt [the budget,]" Duerring said. "[Bell] did not come through, but we're still holding him accountable. He offered, and we would like to see him come forward."
The financially strapped school board already pulled nearly $2 million from its permanent improvement fund to help support the Kanawha County Public Library.
In February, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the school board, nixing a law that mandated the school system give a portion of its budget to libraries each year. The school board committed $1.9 million for the 2013-14 fiscal year to help the library make the transition.
"We always leave several million in [the permanent improvement fund] for if something like an HVAC system would break," Duerring said. "You're talking $1 or $2 million for an emergency like that."
While the project will rid John Adams of its portable classrooms, it still won't cure the school of its overcrowding problem, officials said.
"This should help relieve some of the overcrowding, but JA still needs more work. We would've liked to have had more money and built more classrooms," said Chuck Wilson, the school system's facilities director.
Also at Thursday's school board meeting, school officials wished Deputy Superintendent Joe Godish a happy retirement after serving Kanawha County Schools for more than 40 years.
"It's really not about me, it's about the fantastic staff, parental support and school board," he said. "As I look at the whole educational system, it really takes everybody to work with kids, and I think we've hit it right many times."
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