“Why are we here, a year after the flood fighting for Richwood High school?” said, Bob Henry Baber, Mayor of Richwood.
However, that fighting is finally over for residents of Richwood after the West Virginia Board of Education held a five hour meeting on Monday to review their vote for non-consolidation of Nicholas County schools. After, the state board voted last month at a public meeting not to consolidate Nicholas County schools. The Nicholas County Board of Education filed a lawsuit against the state board. However, that lawsuit still did not stop the board from sticking to their vote. State board Vice President David G. Perry stated during the meeting, “My motion will be the same today but, I will articulate different reasons. Today, I still have not seen evidence of meaningful dialogue between the citizens of Richwood High school attendance area and the Nicholas County Board of Education concerning the future of the school system and the need of their students.”
Each resident was given four minutes to express their opinion on the boards vote. Nicholas County teacher, Terry Long told us, “What they put fourth at the last meeting was not a plan it was something that was thrown together to try to play everybody in Nicholas county and it didn’t work and it’s not going to work.” Richwood resident, John Estep added, “It’s quite obvious through all of the legislation and all of the research that has happened in the past, consolidation simply does not work for students. I’m a teacher, I love kids, I think what is best for kids is what’s best for all of us.”
Nicholas County Superintendent as well as board members also took the stand to present their reasoning as to why consolidation is the best plan for the schools. However, six members from the state board still voted no.
On Tuesday, July 11th a hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. at the Kanawha Circuit Court in regards to the lawsuit that has been filed by the Nicholas County Board of Education against the State Board of Education and State schools Superintendent Steve Paine.