Following the catastrophic statewide flooding in 2016, the WVU Foundation received many donations from those seeking to help areas hit hardest. Because of the extensive flooding in Clay County, and due to the Clay County Board of Education’s partnership with the WVU Extension Office, the foundation chose to provide a significant amount of funding to Clay County Schools to create a space out of the flood plain that would be beneficial to students, their families, and the community.
With this goal in mind, the Board of Education approved commitment of the funds for the construction of a multi-purpose auxiliary gymnasium. Located between the Board of Education Office and Clay County Middle School, the gym will permit multiple groups of students to participate in athletic practices; provide a location for local sporting contests; and offer a convenient venue for community events.
Measuring 80 feet in width by 125 feet in length, the building includes ample floor space, restrooms, a food area, a balcony level viewing space, and is surrounded by a large parking area. Using funds provided through its local levy, the Clay County Board of Education has been able to purchase materials and supplies needed to complete the interior of the building, creating a space that can be enjoyed by everyone in the community. Upcoming additions to the facility include flooring and seating. Updates regarding the facility will be published in upcoming editions of the Clay County Free Press.