KEYSER - The Mineral County Board of Education will be considering submitting a proposal for the reconfiguration of Keyser Middle School for the next round of project funding by the West Virginia School Board Authority.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - The Mineral County Board of Education will be considering submitting a proposal for the reconfiguration of Keyser Middle School for the next round of project funding by the West Virginia School Board Authority.
Superintendent Shawn Dilly told the board members recently that he had spoken with representatives of the SBA and they “strongly urged us to submit something.”
In a change from past practices, however, Dilly said the SBA will be considering single projects, as opposed to the multiple-school projects that they had previously accepted.
“We felt the greatest need in the county is the reconfiguration of Keyser Middle School,” he said, noting that the proposal would include ways to better utilize the space in the school, including transitioning the open classroom layout into actual enclosed classrooms.
“They have a lot of nice square footage over there, it’s just not utilized well,” he said.
The proposed work would also include a new HVAC system, the creation of another physical education classroom, and updating the school’s science labs.
He estimates the cost of the overall project at $9.2 million and emphasized that the proposal is “very preliminary.”
“We’ve been batting this idea around for about a year now,” he said.
Board president Rob Woy noted in the written material which Dilly provided to the board that the local share of the funding would be half a million dollars.
“That would come from our permanent improvement fund,” Dilly told him.
Deadline to submit the project is in early November.