NICHOLAS CO., WV – The West Virginia State Supreme Court sided with the State Board of Education in the case concerning school consolidation in Nicholas County.
Earlier this year, the Nicholas County Board voted to consolidate several schools using FEMA money from the 2016 floods. The State Board rejected that decision. The Supreme Court said the State Board does have the authority and the county had no right to sue the Board based on their decision. There is no word yet on what steps will be taken next.
Statement from Richwood Mayor Dr. Bob Henry Baber:
We are incredible thankful that the Supreme Court has ruled 5-0 against consolidation!! Justice has prevailed and new schools will be coming soon to a neighborhood near and dear to us: RICHWOOD!!
This is very positive news, yes. Enjoy! But be thankful to all that helped, be temperate in your celebration and forgiving to the Nicholas County Board of Education. We need to come back together now. This is decision is good for all the students and for the entire State of West Virginia! I’m overjoyed!
To view the entire West Virginia Supreme Court ruling, click the link below: