Richwood High School

Debris covers the floor of the Richwood Middle School art room. Floodwaters completely blew out the large glass window exposing the classroom to the outdoors.
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Under the threat of a lawsuit over transparency, the West Virginia School Building Authority board has done a revote over rebuilding Nicholas County schools damaged by the June 2016 flood.

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The state education board says a dispute resolution company out of Massachusetts will come to West Virginia on Monday to find a solution to the dispute over Nicholas County's plan to consolidate schools into a single campus following flood damage.

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The West Virginia Supreme Court has upheld the state education board's authority to reject Nicholas County's plan to consolidate multiple schools into a single campus following flood damage.

In a ruling Tuesday, the court says the state board "is vested with the constitutional, statutory, and regulatory authority to exercise its discretion" in accepting or rejecting the county plan.

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The West Virginia Board of Education has conditionally approved a school consolidation plan in Nicholas County.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the plan by Nicholas County's school board would consolidate schools in Richwood, Summersville and Craigsville into a campus near Summersville.

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Several communities in West Virginia were devastated during the 1,000 Year Flood that hit June 2016. Many families lost everything – their homes, their belongings, their livelihoods. Some of those communities even lost their school buildings.

Debris covers the floor of the Richwood Middle School art room. Floodwaters completely blew out the large glass window exposing the classroom to the outdoors.
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Some Nicholas County residents are concerned that two Richwood schools which closed after devastating floods won't be rebuilt in the area.

According to the Charleston Gazette-Mail, Nicholas County Schools Superintendent Donna Burge-Tetrick said last week that a decision on where the schools will be located won't be made until she collects the appropriate information.

Downtown Richwood, WV, at dawn after hours of heavy rain flooded the little town.
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Three Nicholas County schools will not reopen this upcoming school year because of flood damage.

The Nicholas County Board of Education announced Thursday evening at a special meeting that Richwood High School, Richwood Middle School and Summersville Middle School received too much damage to reopen on Aug. 19.

On West Virginia Morning, full coverage of President Obama’s visit to Charleston yesterday to talk about substance abuse.  Also, coverage of the counter protest at the state capitol, which criticized the president over his stance on coal. 

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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On West Virginia Morning, Roxy Todd reports from NPR with an overview of the state's substance abuse issues ahead of President Obama's visit to Charleston today.  Also, voices from Nicholas County gathered by students at Richwood High School from people who have a message for the President about drug abuse.  The latest from the Blankenship trial on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting - telling West Virginia's story.

Richwood High School Student Reporting Lab

Ahead of President Obama's Wednesday visit to Charleston, students at Richwood High School have produced a video highlighting issues of substance abuse in Nicholas County.

Participating in PBS News Hour's Student Reporting Lab, the students at Richwood High spoke to recovering addicts, their family members and law enforcement officials to paint a gripping picture of the problems they face in the area. 

Members of the Richwood High School Student Reporting Lab have won first and second  prizes in the WVU Reed College of Media high school journalism competition.

Richwood High School is one of the PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs, which are classrooms, after-school programs and clubs around the country producing original, inspiring reports about how national and global issues affect local communities.

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Here in Appalachia, it’s ramp season, and that means many small towns have their annual ramp feed to help raise money for their communities. This week we’ll travel to the Feast of the Ramson in Richwood, West Virginia, where we’ll meet 12-year-old ramp digger, Tyler McCune. And we’ll head to the Shenandoah Valley to hear a crowd of shape note singers. Although more and more people are leaving Appalachia, we will also hearing from some, like musician John Wyatt, who have returned home.

Over the past few years, Richwood High School has turned itself around from one of the poorest performing schools to being named one of US News and World Reports 2014 Bronze Schools. Students, under the direction of teacher Susan Johnson, are part of the PBS Newshour’s Student Reporting Labs and are helping tell the story. They produced a video which was shown at the school's public ceremony recognizing the schools turnaround, which was attended by State Superintendent of Schools Dr. James Phares. He was so impressed, he invited the producers and school officials to last week's meeting in Charleston where the school was honored with a resolution and the video was show to the entire board. The board intends to add it to their own website and use it in further training. West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s Charleston Television Production Supervisor Chuck Frostick serves as a mentor for the students on the project.