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School building panel declines to fund Fayette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The School Building Authority of West Virginia denied funding for Fayette County Schools’ consolidation plan Monday in a decision parents and elected officials are saying put politics over need.

State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael Martirano made a passionate plea to the School Building Authority board on behalf of Fayette County children. He said the Fayette school district has the worst facility conditions in the state.

 He expressed specific concern for five schools — Ansted Elementary, Ansted Middle, Mount Hope Elementary, Collins Middle and Meadow Bridge High.

“This is not about looking forward and talking about the sins of the past. We need to operate now, as a board, with an urgency,” he said. “All of these projects are important, but my objective read is that Fayette County needs funding now to remedy issues of the past.”

Of the 11-member board, only Martirano and joint SBA and State School Board member Tina Combs voted in favor of funding Fayette…


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