Mediation Team Proposes Solution for Nicholas County Schools

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A mediation team has outlined a possible configuration for students in Nicholas County. Three of the county’s schools were destroyed in the 2016 floods. Since then, the county and state Boards of Education have been deadlocked in a legal battle over where to rebuild flooded schools. 

After a Supreme Court case granted the state board authority to deny a configuration plan- if it was not in the best interest of all students’ educational needs- a mediation team has been formed to decide how to reconfigure the district.

The school is proposing two campuses- one in Richwood and one in Summersville.

The Richwood campus would include a community school serving pre-K through 12th graders. The schools would be built near the old Richwood High School, and could have several buildings on the campus. The facility would still have an auditorium, band room, gym, cafeteria and athletic fields. This campus would retain the Lumberjack mascot and school culture.

The Summersville campus would include a middle school and comprehensive high school with a career-technical facility. The campus would keep the Grizzlies mascot and school culture. This school would also include academic, athletic, career and technical education and arts facilities.

Once both campuses are built, parents and students would be permitted to chose which school best suits their needs.

Nicholas County families and neighbors are asked to give their input at a public workshop April 12th from 6-8pm at the Nicholas County High School. You can click here to pre-register.

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