BUCKHANNO – On Thursday, July 7, the Upshur County School District held a check presentation ceremony at Tennerton Elementary School (TES). The grant called a Major Improvement Project (MIP) was presented to the Upshur County School District by the School Building Authority (SBA) of West Virginia. The grant awarded $882,625 to be used at Tennerton Elementary for additions and renovations.
At the event, many members of the Upshur County School District, the Upshur County School Board, and the SBA were in attendance. TES principal Tristen Gray spoke about the grant: “As you all know, we’ve been trying to get funding for several different projects for a few years and we were able to get funding to do two classrooms and have a pre-K class. Kindergarten, will be in the main school building, eliminating the outdated classroom environment. Gray reiterated the importance of having a safe entrance to the school and thanked everyone present.
Following Gray’s comments, Upshur County Schools Superintendent Dr. Sara Lewis-Stankus said, “We hear good things about Tennerton so often and are very proud of Tennerton Elementary. Thank you very much for being so intentional in your work. Dr. Stankus also introduced Upshur County Board of Education Chair Dr. Tammy Samples and new Board Member and Vice Chair Jan Craig. “Thank you Mr. Roach for being here and helping our county,” Dr. Stankus said.
Afterwards, Mr. David Roach, Executive Director of the SBA, delivered a brief address. “First, I want to introduce Mark Miller, Assistant Director of Architectural Services. He’s your rep and he really wanted this project funded and was an advocate and did a wonderful job, Roach said. “I also want to say a few words about your superintendent before I present the check.
“Dr. Stankus, this is the third fundraising attempt. She represents this county better or as well as any other superintendent. She is fantastic. We love her at the SBA. Authority members appreciate her and we know it has a great staff.Roach went on to comment on the failure of the previous school link for Upshur County, but explained: ‘There is no impediment that I think Upshur can’t get over. No matter how bad or gloomy it looks. Additionally, Roach noted that former Upshur County Schools Superintendent Dr. Steven Paine sent his best regards to all residents of Upshur County Roach went on to note that the SBA was honored to be present to present funds to schools in Upshur County for the Tennerton Elementary School upgrades.
Everyone present then gathered for a photo op and were all smiles. It was also noted in an Upshur County Schools press release: “As part of the Comprehensive Educational Facilities Plan (CEFP), Upshur County is committed to addressing the critical need to replace a 42-year-old modular building with a new kindergarten classroom. and a new universal pre-kindergarten class. The renovation and addition will support educational innovations for our young learners. Most importantly, the project will include improvements for student safety, including a safe school entrance and a new fire sprinkler system. The safe school entrance will create a safer learning environment for all students at Tennerton Elementary School.