Funding for the next step in renovations at Elkin High School won approval last week but the project will have to wait on funding to design the phase after that. Surry County Commissioners approved $411,000 to complete a stair tower complex that will provide access between the just-completed north wing of the school and a middle section that will replace the 1943 section of the school. It is that middle section that is among the oldest school structures in the county. it was taken out of service at the beginning of this school year in anticipation of demolition and replacement with the second phase of the building renovation. Elkin School Board members Monday approved the contract to complete the stair tower, which will connect three levels of the the school's north, middle and south wings. It will also include restrooms for the middle section, a loading dock and cold storage for the adjacent food service area. That will cost $398,000, according to the contract approved Monday with Wishon & Carter, builders from Yadkinville. Superintendent Barry Shepherd said commissioners delayed action on funding to design the replacement for the middle section until early january. They are working on a plan for funding new schools through the county. Among other projects under consideration are a middle school in Pilot Mountain and a new elementary school to help alleviate overcrowding in other county schools. The commissioners added a little over $10,000 last week to the star tower funding to correct a sewer system problem at the high school. The stair tower is due for completion in April.