JCS Receives $7.5 Million in SBA Funding

JCS Receives $7.5 Million in SBA Funding
Posted on 04/20/2021
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Jefferson County Schools (JCS) is excited to announce that the West Virginia School Building Authority (SBA) has awarded a total of $7.5 million to put toward the construction of new elementary schools in Ranson and Shepherdstown. The SBA met Monday to determine which school construction projects from across the state would receive funding in this year’s “needs grants” program.  A total of 30 projects were submitted for funding from across the state.  Ultimately, only seven projects were funded.  Jefferson County Board of Education President Kathy Skinner said it is good news for students.

            “We are thrilled to have received this funding from the SBA. Combined with money we have from the bond that voters passed in November, we can create some amazing facilities for the communities in both Ranson and Shepherdstown.”

           Representatives from JCS traveled to Charleston last month to present the successful proposal to the SBA. Voters in Jefferson County approved a bond in November providing $16,417,500 for Ranson Elementary School and $16,087,500 for Shepherdstown Elementary School. The $7.5 million allotment will be split evenly between the projects.

            The new facilities are planned to include many state of the art instructional programs such as regional STEM labs, language labs, mental health facilities, and outdoor instructional facilities. There are also cost-saving measures being proposed, such as geo-thermal heating and cooling and more modern materials for construction.  The projected energy savings of more than $60,000 per year will go towards renewing supplies and materials for the labs.  JCS Superintendent Dr. Bondy Shay Gibson said the school system has a unique opportunity to support the entire Jefferson community.

            “These facilities are being designed with every child in Jefferson County in mind. The double size lab spaces are being configured with separate event entrances for children from our other elementary schools to schedule time in the labs without disrupting the on-site students’ lab schedule.  The design process has been extensive and will continue to focus on raising the bar for all Jefferson students.”

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