The state board shall administer the school library media improvement grant program pursuant to the following criteria:
(a) Library media improvement grants shall be utilized to initiate a centralized library media program or to improve an existing program. Funds awarded in such grant may be used for the purchase of books, audiovisual materials, audiovisual equipment, computer software or other innovative uses of technology in the library media center. Funds may not be used for construction, remodeling, furniture, salaries or supplies or to replace funds previously allocated or expended by the county board of education receiving the grant.
(b) Funds in the amount of not less than fifty thousand dollars shall be appropriated to be awarded as grants and shall be equitably allocated between elementary and secondary schools with at least fifty percent of the funds being allocated to small schools with a disproportionate number of students from low income families.
(c) Grants shall be for one year.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2012 1st Special Session