Nicholas County school board approves $159.8 million FEMA grant to replace schools

NICHOLAS COUNTY, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH REPORTS) — The Nicholas County Board of Education approved a $159.8 million grant Tuesday from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, school officials confirmed.

The money will be used to build or expand on schools that will replace schools demolished or damaged after the June 2016 flood.

The board agreed to a “permanent work FEMA grant based on a fixed estimate in the amount of $177,513,582.”

Rather than 75 percent, West Virginia School Building Authority board chair Brian Abraham said this grant will push the state above a threshold, allowing it to qualify to receive FEMA funding for 90 percent of costs for flood rebuilding projects. The $159.8 million grant is 90 percent of $177,513,582.

Cherry River Elementary School in Richwood is intended to be expanded to include Richwood Middle and Richwood High schools, which had their school buildings torn down after the flood. The schools will have separate administrators, though in the same building. The proposed size of the finished building is 108,950 square feet.

The district also plans on replacing Summersville Middle School, Nicholas County High School and Nicholas County Career and Technical Center with a new building. The new building is intended to be 344,683 square feet and will be in Glade Creek Business Park.

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