Judge: Consolidation proceedings may continue; schools cannot be razed

By Wendy Holdren Register-Herald Reporter

A judge denied a preliminary injunction Thursday to stop Nicholas County school consolidation proceedings, but he did rule Richwood Middle and High schools cannot be demolished at this time.

Judge James Rowe scheduled a final hearing for the matter May 10 at 9 a.m.

The complaint, filed last month, claims the Nicholas County School Board and Superintendent Donna Burge-Tetrick violated the state’s open meetings law by meeting in small groups to discuss consolidation.
After the June 2016 flooding, which damaged much of Richwood, including its two schools, the defendants stated they intended to keep the institutions open.

The defendants later announced plans to demolish the schools and build a consolidated school in Summersville.

Five schools — those in Richwood, Nicholas County High School, Summersville Middle (also damaged in the flood) and the county’s Career and Technical Center — would be consolidated under the plan, which was approved by the board Tuesday night.
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