After a two-year process, the Nicholas County Board of Education has approved a rebuilding plan for the schools that were destroyed by floods in 2016.
The Nicholas County superintendent, Dr. Donna Burge-Tetrick, presented the final recommendation Monday night at the school board meeting, based on the guidelines suggested by the Nicholas County mediation team. The school board approved the plan unanimously.
The approved plan includes moving and rebuilding Summersville Middle School and Nicholas County High School at the Glade Creek Business Park.
They will also close the Nicholas County Career Technical Center, but will offer the vocational programs at the new Nicholas County High School location. The programs will be available to any students, though, regardless of which high school they attend.
Richwood will also get a community school. Richwood Middle and High School will both be rebuilt by adding onto the current Cherry River Elementary School campus. The superintendent also suggested building a new cafeteria there that would be big enough for all three schools to use.
The plan also stressed that even though the schools will be grouped in the same location, all of the schools will maintain their own names and mascots.
“It’s going to offer both sides of the county something that they both desperately want and need,” said Dr. Burge-Tetrick. “They get to retain the names of their schools, their identities, and the Richwood area gets a community school. That’s something they have asked for for awhile.”
Next, the amended plan has to be approved by the West Virginia Board of Education, which will vote on it this Wednesday. If they accept it, the plan moves on to the West Virginia School Building Authority for consideration on Thursday.
The construction process is expected to take about two years to build both schools, and they plan to start constructing both at the same time.