In an effort to bridge the gap, Putnam County Schools held class on Friday and provided bottled water and specialized lunch menus to its students. The school system had to cancel school for Buffalo Elementary School and Buffalo High School on Friday, however, after the "do not use" water ban was re-issued for the Buffalo, Frazier's Bottom and Pliny areas by West Virginia American Water.
"That has been cleared now, and those schools have been re-flushed, all of the protocol has been followed, and the health department has re-inspected and cleared those facilities," Hatfield said. "All of our schools have now been cleared by the health department, but we are still providing bottled water at all of our schools."
Board member Sam Sentelle also encouraged his fellow board members to research West Virginia House Bill 4146, which would create no more than 27 unified school districts within the state, he said.
"The bill is on the Internet if anybody wants to look at it," Sentelle said. "I just wanted to relay that to everybody. It involves a recommendation to consolidate school districts so that there will be no more than 27."
The bill was introduced Jan. 14. The full text of the bill can be found by searching "4146" under 2014 Bills at www.legis.state.wv.us.
The board also approved the following schools as polling stations for the county's May 13 primary election and Nov. 4 general election: Buffalo High School, Buffalo Elementary School, Hurricane Middle School, Conner Street Elementary School, Lakeside Elementary School, Winfield Elementary School, Poca High School, Poca Middle School, Confidence Elementary School, Rock Branch Elementary School, Scott Teays Elementary School, Eastbrook Elementary School, Mt. View Elementary School, George Washington Elementary School, George Washington Middle School, Hometown Elementary School, Hurricane High School and West Teays Elementary School.
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