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Fayette Commission, parents sue state authority

BECKLEY, W.Va. — A lawsuit has been filed against the School Building Authority of West Virginia by Mountain State Justice Inc. on behalf of the Fayette County Commission and individual plaintiffs Shawna Sparks, Geoffrey Heeter and Fayette County Commissioner Matthew Wender.

The suit was filed in Kanawha County Circuit Court.

 In a written statement Tuesday, Fayette County Prosecuting Attorney Larry Harrah said “the public outcry among Fayette County citizens has reached a fevered pitch, calling for the state government, which remains in control of the Fayette County schools, to address the failing school buildings and related deficiencies within the schools.”

“Regretfully the County Commission finds itself seeking the last remedy to right the wrong being dealt to the youth of our county,” said Wender. “Unfortunately, Gov. Tomblin has chosen to not take a position on the matter of the unprecedented action taken by the School Building Authority. In absolute terms, our students in Fayette County have a fundamental right to a thorough and efficient education in a safe environment.”

Parent Geoffrey Heeter said he first became involved in working toward improved schools in 2005 after part of the now closed Nuttall Middle School fell on his daughter’s head…


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