EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSPublic Meeting To Provide Information About Proposed Wayne County School Changes
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Reported by: Dave Benton
Web Producer: Bethany Simmons
Reported: Oct. 22, 2013 11:45 AM EDT
Updated: Oct. 22, 2013 6:42 PM EDT
Ceredo-Kenova , Wayne County , West Virginia
Community residents will get a chance to learn more about a major shift that affects elementary and middle school students in northern Wayne County.
The meeting is set for 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, at the old Ceredo Kenova High School gymnasium.
Scheduling of the meeting follows a major announcement Tuesday about changes that will affect the Ceredo-Kenova communities. An emergency meeting with faculty and county school leaderss took place Tuesday morning, regarding the elementary and middle school students and where they will attend school.
Under the plan announced Tuesday, there would be three facilities - one for Ceredo-Kenova pre-kindergarten to first grade that will be housed at the existing Ceredo Elementary; one for Ceredo-Kenova Intermediate including grades second through fifth at Ceredo-Kenova Middle School; and one for grades sixth through eighth at Vinson Middle School. Students who live along Rt. 75 would have the option of going to Buffalo Middle.
The proposed changes also would affect Crum Elementary students in southern Wayne County and grades pre-kindergarten through eighth. Those students would be moved to the old Fort Gay Elementary on the hill.
Superintendent Lynn Hurt said, "It's emotional situation to close Kenova Elementary. I think that's close to the hearts. I'm from here, it's where I spent part of my time growing up. also, for Crum, I taught there."
An excess levy scheduled for Nov. 23, 2013 is expected to provide $8.9 million for over 5 years. It would help cover cost of textbooks, library books, classroom supplies, computers, etc.
If that levy passes, a bond levy would be on the ballot in May. The school board would ask voters to fund $16.2 that would go toward a new school, either for a new Kenova Elementary or Crum Elementary. The board would ask the School Building Authority to match that with another $16.2 million to help with construction.
Kenova Elementary Principal Deidre Farley said, "Today has been very emotional. Our staf has been through this before and it's like deja vu. But in the end, our focus is educating these students in Kenova and Ceredo or wherever we end up being."
The reconfiguration of schools plan wouldn't go into effect until Fall 2014 and has to be approved by the Wayne County Board of Education.
Sources tell Eyewitness that there will be a major shift that affects elementary and middle school students in northern Wayne County.
The big announcement regarding the changes that will affect the Ceredo-Kenova communities was expected during a 1 p.m. news conference Tuesday at the old Ceredo-Kenova High School gymnasium. The building is located beside of the old Kenova Elementary School where children have attended school for the last two years,
The old Kenova Elementary had to be shut down a couple of years ago after school leaders found a sinkhole on the property, and students had to be moved to a modular school, which is located on the old Ceredo-Kenova football field.
Eyewitness News has learned that an emergency meeting with faculty and county school leads took place Tuesday morning, regarding the elementary and middle school students and where they will attend school.
Sources tell Eyewitness News that there would be three facilities - one for Ceredo-Kenova pre-kindergarten to first grade; one for Ceredo-Kenova Intermediate including grades second through fifth at Ceredo-Kenova Middle School; and one for grades sixth through eighth at Vinson Middle School. The Vinson Middle School would double the enrollment there -- up to 500 students.
Eyewitness News hopes to learn where the Ceredo-Kenova pre-kindergarten to first grade will be located at Tuesday's afternoon meeting. Keep checking wchstv.com for updates.
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