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Fayette back to square one on consolidation

BECKLEY, W.Va. — The School Building Authority voted Monday to reject an amendment to the Fayette County Comprehensive Educational Facilities Plan to consolidate four high schools into one.

The is just days before Fayette County was set to present its application for funding to build the $53 million to $58 million high school in Oak Hill.

 “They stated, in so many words, that unless we come back with a bond that supports consolidation, the SBA board will not fund the project,” said Superintendent Terry George. “So, unless the voters of this county want to move forward and support a bond that would close a school or build schools in other areas … We have to determine if there is any support here in this county to successfully prepare and pass a bond to change the condition of the schools.”

George explained that the SBA’s main concern with the plan was proposed consolidation, which they don’t feel is supported by local residents.

George said the central office will re-evaluate, assess information sent to the county from the SBS and determine if another bond election is possible.

With a total voter turnout of 7,532, significantly more than the 5,856 who voted for a bond election in 2001, a bond that would have consolidated three high schools was voted down by 61.9 percent in June…


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