Fayette asked to delay school consolidation
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The state board of education is asking Fayette County Schools to not to consolidate Meadow Bridge High School for another year.
The board asked the school system to amend its Comprehensive Education Facilities Plan to remove the high school from consolidation plans for one year, according to a press release from the BOE. The state board expects to vote on the amended plan next month.
"Every school is unique and that is especially true for Meadow Bridge High School as it is located at the eastern edge of Fayette County," Board President Gayle Manchin said in a prepared statement. "Meadow Bridge has its own set of challenges and opportunities. Our job as board members is to provide the best education for each student.
"At this time, we believe removing Meadow Bridge from county closure plans is the right thing to do," she said.
Fayette County Schools has been under state control since 2010.
By a state board request, Fayette County Superintendent Keith Butcher is studying among other things, the feasibility of high school age students in the Meadow Bridge area attending schools in Greenbrier or Summers counties. Butcher is also studying how students can be served by the technical education center at Oak Hill High School.
A vote is scheduled for May 2014 for a bond that includes new construction and renovations to existing school facilities.