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Upshur schools improvements receive $1M

December 20, 2012
By Melissa Toothman - Staff Writer ( , The Inter-Mountain

The Upshur County school system was recently awarded a $1 million grant by the state's School Building Authority.

The county is one of only two counties to receive $1 million, and one of only seven counties awarded with just more than $6 million in available funds. Upshur County schools also received the same grant last year, Superintendent Scott Lampinen said.

"It's pretty impressive in that regard," Director of Facilities Keith Moran said.

The grant money, matched by some funds from the school board, will help with Phase II of the Major Improvement Project Plan for the county, allowing the upgrade of heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems at French Creek, Rock Cave and Tennerton elementary schools.

Lampinen said that he was notified Monday about the grant.

"That's great news, very pleased with that," Lampinen said.

Moran said there would be an update to the school board on how to approach the project.

"This is a bigger project than just putting up some lights and some ceiling tile, and that type of thing," Moran said. "This is an impact that will go a long way and hopefully last 30, 40 years down the road."



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