School officials celebrate the start of renovations for Valley PK-8

SMITHERS, WV (WOAY) – School and city officials gathered in Smithers on Monday to celebrate the groundbreaking for new renovations coming to Valley PK-8. 

This is part of Fayette County’s plan to renovate four schools in the county this year.

For the old high school that is now Valley PK-8, they plan to put in a safe school entrance but also add a state-of-the-art featured called “My Town” which will have different themed play sets that will focus on various career fields like electrical work, cosmetology, agriculture and nursing. 

“We want to make this a community school that everybody’s proud of and as you can see, it’s the home of the greyhounds,” BOE Vice President Steve Slockett said. “You know, once a greyhound, always a greyhound and we want to instill that community pride in the students and the community in with the students.” 

Construction 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.