Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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February 7, 2014

Iaeger Elementary School project receives $7 million funding boost

IAEGER — A long-planned elementary school project for McDowell County has received a $7 million funding boost from the state School Building Authority, officials said Thursday.

The SBA award will help to complete the funding package for the $12 million Iaeger Elementary School project, McDowell County School Superintendent Nelson Spencer said.

“The site preparation is almost complete,” Spencer said. “Swope Construction was selected as the general contractor. The demolition of the old school is projected to happen in the next few months.”

Spencer said students from the existing Iaeger Elementary facility are still attending school at River View High School.

The old elementary school was closed after a portion of the facility’s parking lot collapsed into the Tug Fork River late last year.

But the new Iaeger Elementary School had been planned years earlier. It is the last project to be funded as part of a decade-old flood-proofing agreement between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the State Board of Education, the State School Building Authority and the local county board.

Spencer said construction on the new school should begin in April.

The work will take 14 months to complete. It will be constructed near — but not at the same site — as the existing facility.

Spencer said crews will work to mitigate and stabilize the bank that collapsed into the Tug Fork River before the old school is demolished.

In the meantime, Spencer said crews are finalizing the site work that must be completed before the new school can be constructed.

“I was glad to see the dirt start moving,” Spencer said. “And quite a lot of dirt has moved. I will be glad when the construction starts.”

— Contact Charles Owens at cowens@bdtonline.com

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