To be honest, I had never heard of the Sandy Act until about 3:00 A.M today. It seems that our neighbor school system may have found a way to have a free school built for them from FEMA funds.
From Nicholas County we read:
Dr. Burge-Tetrick hopes to utilize the Sandy Recovery Act to consolidate the projects into the new consolidated FEMA project. A new application to FEMA must be made if the Board votes to consolidate. It's not clear if FEMA will agree to pay for schools where non-flooded students would be attending.
With the defeat of the levy, it is clear that the people of our county are not in a mood to float a levy. The state offered 17 million to help our but then the state has a lot of other schools who need help. It is doubtful that they could have come up with that much money.
Now it appears that there may be a way to build a brand new Marlinton Elem. school out of the floodplain AND FOR FREE. No one doubts that it would be better for our current school building to be out of the floodplain but the majority don't want to pay to move it.
So why not get FEMA to foot the bill. They likely will have to rebuild the school in the event of the next 500 year flood which occurs about every 100 years. So why not be proactive and build the school up on the Middle School campus. There is plenty of land for the project. The buildings could remain separate to meet FEMA's tastes and we could keep two of the best principals the county has.