Greenbrier County

Construction underway for new Rupert Elementary School

CRAWLEY, WV (WVNS) - Students have patiently been waiting the opening of their brand new school. Progress is being made for the construction of  Rupert Elementary. Clerk of Works for the Greenbrier County Board of Education, Tim Holbrook, said this new school is long overdue.

"Two years ago the flooding pretty much devastated the elementary school, and set things up to come up with a solution to the problem there," Holbrook said.

Construction is underway, and Holbrook explained the new elementary school will be completely state-of-the-art.

"It's gonna be a fabulous school. When they come up here and walk through these hallways, they're gonna have their own gym and state-of-the-art computer lab," Holbrook said.

The $5.4 million project is being paid largely by the School Building Authority of West Virginia. The Greenbrier County Board of Education is also contributing $500,000. Superintendent for Greenbrier County Schools, Jeff Bryant, said the school board works hard to provide the best facilities for students and teachers.

"Now it's Rupert's time. It's time to go from a building that served them well, but unfortunately is not serving in the way it should. So now we're moving to a brand new building," Bryant said.

Construction is on track for the school to open in August 2019. While the elementary school will be attached to Western Greenbrier Middle School, it will have its own entrance and classrooms.

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