State awards $7.4 million to Wood County schools for vocational programs

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - UPDATE: 12/11/17 5:10 P.M.

The West Virginia School Building Authority granted Wood County schools a big check today for its vocational programs.

The SBA awarded Wood County $7.4 million that’s to be used for renovations at the Wood County Technical Center, which is located on Blizzard Drive next to Parkersburg South High School.

Superintendent John Flint and a group of other school officials attended an SBA meeting Monday in Charleston where the funding was announced.

Wood County will receive the money over a two-year period - $4.5 million the first year and $2.9 million the second year.

Flints says that out of nine criteria needed to receive the funding, Wood County met all of them.

Among 28 programs from across the state considered for funding, the tech-center project was scored the highest by the SBA.

Pier Bocchini, the director of the technical center, is excited to get to work.

"We're really looking forward to it and thank the SBA that they're giving us the opportunity to update our facility, which has not been, I think to my knowledge, for several years,” she says.

Board President Lawrence Hasbargen also understands the importance of the project.

“It’s bringing our students up to speed with the new shale industry that’s coming in, with the gas and oil business really booming at this time,” he says. “Plus, there's many other things that they can do at this facility that will allow them to be employable, and that's what's important."

Flint says the vocational program has become a flagship of tall Wood County school programs.

With the grant, he says the school system will be expanding the program to better meet the needs of students interested in vocational-school programs.


The West Virginia School Building Authority has awarded $7.4 million to Wood County schools for expansion of vocational programs.

Wood County Superintendent John Flint and other school leaders attended an SBA meeting today in Charleston.

Flint says the money will be used for programs at the Wood County Technical Center, which is located next to Parkersburg South High School.

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