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State Board OKs two-high school plan for Fayette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The State Board of Education approved Fayette Superintendent Terry George’s plan Wednesday to realign the school district with a 6-3 vote after nearly two hours of discussion and much disagreement.

Those who voted against the plan were board members William White, Beverly Kingery and Thomas Campbell.

 George’s plan will consolidate Oak Hill, Fayetteville, Midland Trail and Meadow Bridge into one large $53 million to $58 million high school near the existing Oak Hill High School.

This will create a four-school complex in Oak Hill that houses 3,000, including New River Elementary and the Fayette Institute of Technology.

The large consolidated high school is expected house 1,500 to 1,600 students.

Collins Middle School will then move into the existing Oak Hill High School building and the district will pursue funding to replace Mount Hope Elementary. With the exception of Collins, because of its size, other schools in the area will be reconfigured into PreK-8 schools.

Montgomery area schools will not be reconfigured.

The plan is expected to sustain the school district for the next 20 to 25 years…


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