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Three more flooded WV schools may never reopen

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Nicholas County’s new schools superintendent said Thursday that three of the county’s schools — Summersville Middle, Richwood Middle and Richwood High — won’t be able to reopen their buildings in time for the Aug. 19 start of classes there and that she doesn’t know if they can be reopened at all.

Donna Burge-Tetrick said she’s aiming to have all three schools’ students start on schedule, but she’s still working on how to accomplish that. She noted that the plan could include portable classrooms and/or sharing of other school facilities between two separate schools’ students, like how Kanawha County’s public school system is temporarily sending displaced Herbert Hoover High students to Elkview Middle.

Burge-Tetrick’s revelation that three more West Virginia school buildings won’t reopen on time in the wake of the late-June flooding continues to reverse the prior notion — based on other school officials’ past statements — that all flood-affected schools were likely to start classes on schedule for the upcoming school year…

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