WINFIELD, W.Va. -- Students at Winfield Middle School could be able to move out of portable classrooms and into a new three-story wing after Christmas break, Putnam County Superintendent Chuck Hatfield said Monday night.Nearly two out of three students at Winfield Middle are being housed in portable classrooms behind the school. Once students are moved into the new wing, which includes a new cafeteria, construction will begin on science labs, a library and office space. The old building will eventually be demolished, Hatfield said.The project at Winfield Middle cost around $9.3 million. The state School Building Authority designated $6.2 million to the school last year and the county school board designated about $2.8 million.Also at the meeting, board member Deborah Phillips asked Hatfield if a plan was in place for schools to be utilized during emergencies, like last week's massive snowfall.
Hatfield said West Teays is ready to be used as a shelter for those without power, but ended up not being needed last week.He also reported that the county's schools weathered the storm. Some had minor wind and water damage, he said.