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Wood County Schools considering consolidations over next decade

By TYLER BENNETT

Staff Reporter

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Board of Education had the first of two 2020-2030 Comprehensive Education Facilities Plan meetings on Tuesday and announced that Wood County Schools will be going from 24 schools to 20 schools within that 10-year timeframe.

Starting in 2021, the schools of Fairplains/Franklin will be combined at an estimated cost of $16.3 million, with the same for Vienna/Neale Elementary at a cost of nearly $21 million.

Van Devender Middle School will be closed and students will have the choice between Jackson and Hamilton middle schools. That could happen in 2025 at the earliest, officials said.

And the final consolidation will be between Criss/Emerson Elementary schools in 2027 for about $20 million.

A new Lubeck Elementary school will be built and will move south on W.Va. 68 starting in 2022. There will also be renovations and additions to Madison Elementary to accommodate the change in the district, officials said.

The full story will appear in the Wednesday edition of The Parkersburg News and Sentinel.

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