CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- School superintendents from 20 counties want about $159.5 million from the state School Building Authority to build new schools and repair others.
On Monday, superintendents from 11 counties asked the SBA to fund their projects, and on Tuesday, nine others will request a slice of about $42 million, which will be awarded at a meeting next month.
That amount includes $9 million Logan County gave back to the SBA on Monday.
Logan school officials were awarded the money last year to build a new elementary school. Logan Superintendent Wilma Zigmond asked SBA members for a reserve grant of up to $500,000 so the school board could continue with the planning and design process.
The Logan school board had found a new site for the school, which caused a planning delay of about nine months. However, board members wouldn't discuss the reserve grant and took back the $9 million.
"It breaks my heart to give back $9 million," Zigmond told SBA members. "I thought we had a site."
Also Monday, Blaine Hess, superintendent of Jackson County schools, asked the SBA for $15.6 million to build a new Ravenswood Middle School.
Hess said if the money were approved the county would allocate $750,000 for the project.
He asked the SBA for the money last year and had hoped to have more county funds to dedicate, but said the new Kenna Elementary ended up going over budget. That project, which the SBA helped to fund, dried up more local dollars.
Hess said Jackson school officials want to keep proposing the Ravenswood project to the SBA "whether we get it this year or next."