CHARLESTON, WV (WCHS/WVAH) — A sea of orange and black packed the West Virginia Board of Education room Monday. The board was once again hearing the Nicholas County school board’s plan about school consolidation, which is a dividing issue in the county.
“I think a consolidated high school in our county would best serve our students for years to come,” said Heather Glasko-Tully, who lives in Summersville.
Roy Moose, who lives in Richwood, said study after study had been presented “that confirms consolidation is bad for students and does not save money.”
After presenting its plan to the state board and answering questions from board members, the Nicholas County Board of Education had its plan vetoed.
West Virginia Board of Education President Tom Campbell said his biggest concern is the Nicholas County Board of Education seems distant from its citizens and the state board.
“They’re not interested in discussing anything other than the acceptance of their plan as is,” Campbell said.
This is the second time the state school board rejected the Nicholas board’s plan. After the first rejection, the county board of education filed a lawsuit against the state board and Superintendent Steve Paine. The board had the emergency meeting Monday at the request of Kanawha County Circuit Judge Duke Bloom.
People from Richwood applauded the state board when it again voted down the consolidation plan.
“I have to tell you I was feeling pretty queasy for a while there,” Richwood Mayor Bob Henry Baber said. “I feel relief now and gratitude.”