West Virginia county mulling whether to close schools

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — The Wood County Board of Education has directed its schools superintendent to look further into his idea to close at least five schools.

The Parkersburg News and Sentinel reports Superintendent Will Hosaflook said Tuesday he will recommend the closings to keep the school system from depleting its savings by year’s end. Board members voted to ask Hosaflook to continue gathering data.

While no specific schools have been chosen, Worthington and Waverly elementary schools previously have been targeted for closure. Board President Rick Olcott says two other elementary schools and a middle school also are being considered.

A 10-year plan covering growth and facility projects expires in 2020.

Hosaflook says many schools are over 50 years old and that “if we don’t take drastic measures, we are not being fiscally responsible.”

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Information from: News and Sentinel (Parkersburg, W.Va.), http://www.newsandsentinel.com

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