School officials break ground at Midland Trail High School to kick off renovation project

HICO, WV (WOAY) – The Fayette County Board of Education continued their kickoff celebrations for over $15 million dollars worth of renovations coming to four different schools.

On Tuesday, it was Midland Trail High School’s turn as school officials broke ground on their renovation project which will include an auxiliary gym, new offices, a safe school entrance as well as other electrical upgrades.

School Board Vice President Steve Slockett says this will be Phase 2 to give the high school and Ansted Middle School students who merged into the high school more space as the goal for Phase 3 is to make Midland Trail a PreK-12 campus.

“We’re also committed to build a new elementary school here on campus merging Divide Elementary and Ansted Elementary,” Slockett said.

Last week, a groundbreaking was held for Fayetteville PK-8 as they join Midland Trail High School, Oak Hill High School and Valley PK-8 on the list of schools to be renovated.

In his last month on the board, Darrin McGuffin says this is part of one of the largest state reconfiguration projects likely in state history.

“A few years ago, Fayette County was at the bottom of the barrel in education,” McGuffin said. “We had deficiencies in academics and especially in facilities, and to see the product of things like this makes it worthwhile being on the Board of Education.”

Valley PK-8’s groundbreaking will take place on Monday at 9:00 a.m. OHHS’s will take place on Wednesday at 9:00 a.m.

Constructions is expected to begin immediately.

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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.