What some are referring to as an experiment in public education – a single elementary school serving students from two West Virginia counties – is in progress for some youngsters in Gilmer and Lewis counties.

All sorts of interesting questions about education, including how well the two counties’ boards of education can work together, will be addressed by the planned new school, it has been said.

No experiment is necessary. We’ve been doing it for decades in this area of the state.

In Paden City, which is divided by the Wetzel-Tyler county line, students attend schools operated by Wetzel County. The system works just fine, and has for many years.

Many high school students attend vocational classes in schools operated by other counties. There are seven multi-county vocational centers in the state. The Mid-Ohio Valley Technical Institute in St. Marys serves students from Wetzel, Tyler, Pleasants and Ritchie counties.

Cooperation among county school boards and facilities shared by them are nothing new in West Virginia. It is one thing about public education our state does very well.