By Brandi Underwood
After the prospect was initially vetoed by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin in March, Fayette County School Superintendent Keith Butcher announced last week that the county will indeed receive funds for Meadow Bridge High School after all.
The funds will not be coming from the state budget, however, but rather from the state Department of Education’s discretionary fund.
During the recent legislative session, the budget bill for 2015 included the addition of $100,000 for Meadow Bridge within the Educational Program Allowance line, which would have provided additional funding to county boards of education for “isolated schools” and would be used to improve Meadow Bridge facilities.
In March, Tomblin line-item vetoed the $100,000 from the state budget, much to the board of education’s and county’s dismay, stating that there wasn’t enough money in the budget to add the funding.
Butcher said that he was recently notified that the West Virginia Department of Education would provide $50,000 from its discretionary fund for Meadow Bridge as a grant for fiscal year 2015 with the expectation that Fayette County Schools would match the amount from district funds.
“This funding allotment demonstrates the cooperation between state and county to support Meadow Bridge as an isolated school,” State Board President Gayle Manchin stated, in a press release.
Butcher said the additional funding will be used for facility improvements and to expand virtual learning opportunities at Meadow Bridge.
According to Butcher, it is expected that the West Virginia Department of Education will request $100,000 for Meadow Bridge as a formal improvement request for fiscal year 2016, the release stated.
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