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Fayette County residents plead for state school help

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Fayette County citizens filled the State Board of Education’s boardroom Wednesday to share a sense of urgency over the district’s crumbling infrastructure and frustration over a decision they feel has placed politics over students.

After its approval by the State Board of Education, the state School Building Authority’s 11-member board rejected an amendment to Fayette County’s Comprehensive Educational Facilities Plan. This action prevents Fayette from seeking state funding to build or repair schools.

State Board of Education members Tina Combs, Wade Linger and Tom Campbell also sit on the SBA board.

Both Linger and Campbell have publicly voiced their opposition to the amendment, which would consolidate four high schools into one.

During the public comment portion of the meeting, Linger left the room and did not return until after lunch. Campbell did not attend the meeting Wednesday.

Eden Gilkey, a sixth-grader at Collins Middle School, said each day she attends school in fear that she will have longterm substitutes because her teachers who must teach across three buildings will quit.

“I fear the buildings surrounding me will collapse and hurt someone. You adults have stripped me of my right to an equal education…


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