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W.Va. BOE Moves Forward with Fayette Co. School Consolidation

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Ashton Marra
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West Virginia Public Broadcasting
Members of the West Virginia Board of Education vote to continue with a plan to consolidate mulitple schools in Fayette County.

The West Virginia Board of Education is moving forward with a plan to consolidate multiple schools in Fayette County. 

Fayette County is the only county in the state fully controlled by the West Virginia Board of Education. Wednesday the board approved a change to the county’s ten year facilities plan that would consolidate four of the six high schools by the fall of 2018.

The vote, however, was close at 6 to 3.

Fayette County Superintendent Terry George believes the board is doing what’s best for all of the students in the county.

“It’s a Fayette County issue, it’s not a locality issue," George said after the vote. "It’s not Meadow Bridge, it’s not Fayetteville, it’s not Midland Trail, it’s not Oak Hill. It’s a county issue.”

In order to accomplish the plan, the West Virginia School Building Authority will have to award the county an estimated $52-58 million to construct a new high school in the Oak Hill area.

George said the county will submit their proposal to the SBA in October.


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