Cumberland Times-News

December 3, 2013

First phase of WVSDB rebuild estimated to cost $20 million

Proposal has been sent to School Building Authority

Cumberland Times-News

— ROMNEY, W.Va. — Detailed plans for the first phase of construction for the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind was shared with the Romney City Council on Monday evening.

Schools superintendent Lynn Boyer said a proposal had been sent to the School Building Authority.

“That doesn’t mean shovels will hit the ground next week,” Boyer said in an interview following the meeting.

Boyer said the visit to the council was to keep them fully up to date following the aftermath of the recent decision to keep the schools in Romney.

The first phase of the project, estimated to cost $20 million, Boyer said, will take place from 2014 through 2018.

“The priority is to establish new, smaller residential learning centers so that we will not be maintaining big dormitories,” Boyer said.

“We are moving, as many schools are, to establish a smaller homelike residence for kids.”

The new facilities will be divided by grade, sex, deaf and blind.

“They will have their own kitchen and technology area. There will be areas where the