Groundbreaking ceremony held for Fayetteville PK-8 renovations

FAYETTEVILLE, WV (WOAY) – Fayette County Schools is getting ready to start on four renovation projects at Midland Trail High School, Oak Hill High School, Valley PK-8 and Fayetteville PK-8.

On Tuesday evening, school and county officials broke ground at Fayetteville PK-8 as the school will be getting a new cafeteria, a secure front door with a man trap, a new kitchen and new offices.

In total this year for all projects, Fayette County Schools has secured around $60 million in funding.

“Teamwork between board members and community and the School Building Authority and State Board of Education is a valuable lesson that people had to learn here in Fayette County and this is the fruits of that learning process,” Board of Education Vice President Steve Slockett said.

After Fayetteville High School closed, the building became a Fayetteville PK-8 school at the start of this past school year, so school board members like Gary Ray say these updates are needed to modernize the building.

“Like I said, if we only stay focused on who this is for, it will be successful, and this is for the kids of our county,” Ray said.

The Midland Trail groundbreaking will take place on June 2 at 4 p.m. The Valley groundbreaking will take place at 9:00 a.m. on June 8, and the OHHS groundbreaking will take place at 9:00 a.m. on June 9 where we will learn more about those renovations.

Construction is expected to begin on Fayetteville PK-8 next week. Swope Construction is on the project as well as ZMM Architects and Skanska.

Anna Saunders
Anna Saunders is a weekend reporter for WOAY. With a diploma from Princeton Senior High School and a mother from Fayette County, she is no stranger to the area. She received a degree in Media Arts and Design from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia and wanted to return home to start her career as a reporter.