West Virginia Board OKs School Rebuilding Plan after Floods

May 10, 2018

Debris covers the floor of the Richwood Middle School art room. Floodwaters completely blew out the large glass window exposing the classroom to the outdoors.
Credit Kara Lofton / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The West Virginia Board of Education has approved a plan to replace several Nicholas County schools after 2016 floods.

Media outlets report the board Wednesday, May 9, passed the proposal offered by a mediation team.

 

It would rebuild Richwood Middle and High schools at Cherry River Elementary school in Richwood. It also would consolidate Summersville Middle School, Nicholas County High School and a vocational school in Craigsville into one campus near Summersville.

The state School Building Authority is set to take up the proposal Thursday. The Federal Emergency Management Agency must give final approval to the plan.

The state school board last year rejected a rebuilding plan by the Nicholas County school board. The state Supreme Court upheld the board’s right to reject the plan.