Work to begin at Homestead

The Inter-Mountain photo by Brooke Binns A contract was signed Monday for a roofing project at the former Homestead School. Pictured from left are Tom Rennix, president of the Tygart Valley Homestead Association; Chuck Preusch, owner of Reliable Roofing; and Rosanne Rosier, secretary of the Homestead Association.

HOMESTEAD — The Tygart Valley Homestead Association is making strides toward opening a community center in the Homestead School building.

Members of the Homestead Association met Monday with Chuck Preusch, owner of Reliable Roofing in Elkins, to sign an official contract for work to be completed roof of the former school.

Homestead Association President Tom Rennix said the work being completed will be above the cafeteria and kitchen. Those areas were damaged during a severe windstorm on March 1, 2017.

Linda Peterson, grant writer and member of the association, said the cost estimate of the work being completed is $31,023. She noted the Preservation Alliance of West Virginia matched funding for half of the project, and the remainder was raised by the nonprofit group.

While the roofing project is being completed, with an estimated completion date of May 30, other projects are ongoing at the community center.

Rennix said anyone is welcome to come out March 17 and volunteer for a cleanup day. While the primary purpose of the cleanup day is to work on the interior of the building, Rennix said some sprucing up may also be done outside.

Homestead School was built in 1939 to replace 11 one-room school houses in the towns of Dailey, East Dailey and Valley Bend. It was one of 99 schools that were created as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal programs.

The school building was recognized by the National Register of Historic Places in 2003 and is on the West Virginia Endangered Properties List.