State school board to hold emergency meeting on Nicholas County lawsuit

CHARLESTON, WV (BY: ALI SCHMITZ, CHARLESTON GAZETTE-MAIL)  — The West Virginia Board of Education will hold an emergency meeting today to review information about the Nicholas County Board of Education’s request to close and consolidate five schools in the county.

The emergency meeting agenda indicates the state school board may further act on the Nicholas school board’s proposed closures and consolidations, which the state school board already shot down. The agenda says “Motion(s) may be considered regarding Nicholas County Schools’ proposed CEFP [Comprehensive Educational Facilities Plan] amendment/closures.”

The meeting will be held a day before a hearing in Kanawha Circuit Court for a lawsuit filed against the state board of education and state Schools Superintendent Steve Paine.

According to a release from the Board of Education, the meeting’s purpose will be to “help expedite a final resolution of the matters pending before the Circuit Court so that federal funding will not be in jeopardy.”

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