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SBA approves emergency funding for Lewis-Gilmer school project

The state School Building Authority approved $350,000 Friday in emergency funding for a new elementary school being built on the Lewis-Gilmer County line.
 
SBA Executive Director David Sneed said the earth has moved behind the construction project. He said the slip began on an adjacent property and got to within 20 feet of the building. Contractors had to take down some scaffolding. Sneed said the possible problem did not show up during the school's design phase.
 
The emergency funding approved Friday will pay a contractor to dig out the dirt and install a drainage system. 
 
"They'll be doing some sloping and putting a graded bench in," Sneed said. 
 
The work isn't expected to delay completion of the project. The school is a regional school project that will house students from Lewis and Gilmer counties. 
 
Also at Friday's meeting Sneed, who was appointed last week by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, was sworn-in to office along with two new authority members.