Pendleton County Schools awarded multi-million dollar grant

PENDLETON COUNTY, WVa. (WHSV) — The Pendleton County School system was recently awarded a multi-million dollar need grant by the West Virginia School Building Authority.

According to school officials, the $8.3 million grant will be used to replace roofs and HVAC systems at Pendleton County High School and North Fork Elementary.

The county has been working for some time to replace decades-old heating systems and install air conditioning for the first time.

With the completion of this project, the HVAC systems and roofs for all of the county schools will be 10 years old or newer.

"One of the things that we hope comes out of this is a better learning environment," said Charles Hedrick, Superintendent of Pendleton County. "With the new HVAC, it'll reduce the amount of humidity in our buildings and we'll have more even heating across the facilities."

The $8.3 million state funding for this project brings the total received from the WV School Building Authority to just over $36 million since the inception of the authority in 1989.

This $8.3 million grant is the third largest Capital Improvement grant that the School System has ever received and the fourth largest of all the grants awarded statewide in this cycle.

School officials say a definitive timeline has not been set for the work, but replacing units of that scale is approximately an 18-month project.

The goal is to have the construction completed by fall of 2020.