school consolidation

The 1981 Northfork Blue Demons after winning their 8th state championship title.
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Coal was king in McDowell County in the 1960s and 70s. At one point, it was one of the richest counties in the country due to coal production. There were more than 53 communities that either had their own mines or housed miners who worked in the area. Because the coal mines attracted workers from all over the country, even the world, there was a pretty diverse group of people in McDowell.

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This week on Inside Appalachia, basketball was a big deal for the small town of Northfork, in McDowell County, West Virginia. The high school team won the state championship eight years in a row.

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A West Virginia county has planned to combine seven primary schools into four next year to avoid deficit spending.

The Intelligencer reports the Brooke County Board of Education unanimously approved the consolidation on Monday.

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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.

There's a surprising correlation between guns and West Virginia's Trump voters. Also, the fight over school consolidation goes to the Supreme Court. And our favorite Tom Petty songs. On this week's Front Porch podcast.

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The West Virginia School Building Authority is set to vote on whether to provide funding for Fayette County's school consolidation plan.

Fayette County is among 20 counties vying for funding for school construction projects. The authority plans to decide which projects will receive funding on Monday during its quarterly meeting in Charleston.

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As Fayette County fights over school consolidation, The Front Porch gang questions whether the promises made about school consolidation ever came true.*

West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is staying out of a funding issue involving school consolidation in Fayette County.

State Board of Education President Mike Green wrote to Tomblin on Tuesday, asking that the School Building Authority conduct a new vote after rejecting Fayette County's funding request.

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The state School Building Authority has rejected a funding plan for the consolidation of four high schools in Fayette County.

The authority voted Monday to deny the county's request to let it compete with other counties for state funding to build a new high school. The authority distributes money raised from both state general revenue and lottery funds.

On West Virginia Morning, the state Board of Education is moving forward with a controversial plan to close and consolidate some schools in Fayette County.  Also, there’s a new program being considered at West Virginia University to teach music therapy as a part of medical treatment.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.