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State board votes to close three Wood County schools

West Virginia Board of Education President David Perry, left, and state Superintendent of Schools Steven Paine, right, listen to comments during Wednesday's state school board meeting. The board approved a plan for Wood County Schools to close McKinley, Waverly and Worthington Elementary schools at the end of the 2019-20 school year

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Board of Education by a 7-1 vote has approved a plan to close three Wood County elementary schools at the end of this school year.

Voting against was Miller Hall, vice president of the board.

Members of the Wood County Board of Education and administrators with Wood County Schools attended Wednesday’s meeting in Charleston, asking the state to approve a consolidation plan which would close Waverly, Worthington and McKinley elementary schools at the end of the 2019-20 school year. The Wood County board last month completed seven consolidation and merger hearings at the three schools and four other schools which would be affected in the mergers.

Fred Clark, a Charleston businessman with ties to the Waverly community, said he intends to file a lawsuit to stop the closing of Waverly. In a draft of the lawsuit, Clark says the school board violated state law when it delayed a vote on the closure of the school.

The lawsuit, which would be filed in Kanawha County Circuit Court, seeks an injunction against the closing of Waverly school. The other two schools would not be included in the suit, Clark said.

Read the story in The News and Sentinel on Thursday.

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