Ruthlawn Elementary will get an indoor sprinkler system, upgrade its fire alarms, eliminate two trailer classrooms and add a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) hub after a vote Monday by the West Virginia School Building Authority’s board.
The board voted to provide Kanawha County with $1 million, atop the school system’s own contribution of about $338,000, to complete the project.
The two trailers serve pre-kindergarteners and kindergarteners. The money will add two classrooms to the school, not only eliminating the need for the portable classrooms but also adding STEM “Exploratorium” spaces, such as ones at two other Kanawha elementaries.
The county should be ready to begin soliciting bids from contractors in the spring, with construction expected to take 18 months, according to a schools spokesperson.
SBA board members also chose, in a voice vote with no one dissenting, to dole out $3.7 million more to six other counties. The