Opinion

Fayette County students deserve much better

A Daily Mail editorial from the Charleston Gazette-Mail 

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Not even two weeks after the West Virginia University Board of Governors voted unanimously to relocate the WVU Institute of Technology from Montgomery to Beckley, citizens of Fayette County may have felt like state decision makers dealt them another blow.

The state Board of Education voted Wednesday to approve a plan to consolidate four of the county’s high schools into a new building and relocate Collins Middle School students from their building in Oak Hill, the Gazette-Mail’s Ryan Quinn reported.

A strong contingent of loyal Meadow Bridge High School supporters — one of the schools slated for consolidation and one that has faced that possibility in the past — urged board members to reject the proposal.

“Leave Meadow Bridge alone,” Shirley McGraw, a 1954 graduate of the school, told the board. Other supporters noted the school’s rural location and said it would be difficult to transport its 175 students to a consolidated school with an estimated student body of 1,500 to 1,600 kids

It wasn’t an easy decision for board members, who debated the plan for more than an hour and a half before passing it 6-3.

Many in Fayette County attend schools in deplorable conditions…

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