Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on October 02, 2012 @ 11:42PM
Created on October 02, 2012 @ 11:06PM
Consolidation was a main topic of discussion at Tuesday nights Harrison County Board of Education Effectiveness Meeting. Board President Mike Queen is concerned about budget issues.
He has proposed to merge Liberty and RCB High Schools into a new Clarksburg High which would be housed at the current RCB. His plan would also merge Washington Irving and Mountaineer Middle Schools into a new Clarksburg Middle School to be housed at the current Liberty High School.
Also, the plan would merge Adamston and Wilsonburg Elementaries into Mountaineer Elementary at the current Mountaineer Middle School. Queen says the plan would close older schools at a savings of over $900,000 a year. Most folks at the meeting spoke out against consolidation.
"It's got a lot of folks upset and I certainly understand why but I thought that it's better to start now and merge schools and consolidate schools because we want to and we want to offer additional academic opportunities as opposed to waiting until the finances got so bad that we had to," said Mike Queen, the board president.
"Kids need to know and they need to feel secure that they're going to get to graduate from Liberty High School and when the talk of consolidation begins then they get upset and in turmoil about 'well am I going to be able to graduate from here,' explained Pamela Knight, principal of Liberty High School.
Queen says the rest of the board does not support his proposal at this time.
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Oct 03, 2012 at 9:11 AM
I do support the idea of consolidation of the schools in the area, as long as the goal is to offer more class opportunities to the students. Students do not seem as concernced as to what schoold they graduate from as long as they will be able totake the classes they need to graduate on time.
As it is now, in some schools elective or scpecialty classes are dropped or not offered because there is not enough students to make class worth while. Administrators can hide their heads when it comes to numbers, but students know when they barely have 10 kids in class and half of them don't show up regularly, that the school doesn't need to be ipen as it is.
if not consolidation then what about an across the county redistrcting? If adhered to schools like Bridgeport would no longer be overcrowded, other schools would hopefully have enough students to have the teachers to offer elective classes that cannot be offered as it currently stands.