Randolph County BOE to Discuss Issues with Harman School
Written by Erin MacPherson
Last updated on July 22, 2014 @ 10:26PM
Created on July 22, 2014 @ 4:35PM
The small community of Harman in Randolph County is scared the Board of Education is going to close down their school. 5 News went to the Harman area and talked to residents about their concerns. One woman said this has been an on-going issue for years. She said she remembers when she was a student, 25 years ago, and her mom was fighting to keep the school open. If it did close, the students would most likely transfer to Elkins which is apparently a 45 minute drive.
Overall, all the people 5 News spoke with said the school is the heart of the community and they hope nothing happens to it. The owner of Cooper and Son Old Country Store said they've been around since 1980 and if the school closes it's going to drastically impact the community and the businesses surrounding it.
"Everybody supports the school. Everybody supports the sports team. I mean, everybody went to Harman School. Honestly, it's really going to hurt our business here. During school times, we have all the kids come in for lunch and the teachers come in for lunch. So it's really going to hurt our business," said Kassidy Easter, employee at Cooper & Son Old Country Store.
Again, the superintendent is giving board members one week to look over the engineers report. They will discuss the situation next Tuesday and take appropriate action if needed.
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