FAYETTE COUNTY, W.V. (LOOTPRESS) – The Fayette County Board of Education will hold a series of special meetings to consider the possible closure and consolidation of Divide Elementary School and Ansted Elementary School.
The first meeting will pertain to the closure of Divide Elementary School and will be held Tuesday, May 25, at 6 p.m. The meeting will take place at the Divide Elementary School cafeteria in Lookout.
The second meeting will pertain to the closure of Ansted Elementary school and will take place inside the school’s gymnasium at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 26.
Both meetings are open to the public. During these meetings, delegations will have the opportunity to address the proposed closures and provide evidence related to the proposal.
According to the Fayette County Board of Education, if approved, the county will close Ansted Elementary School- grades Pre-kindergarten through fifth- and Divide Elementary School- grades Pre-kindergarten through fifth- at the end of the 2022-2023 school year.
At the beginning of the 2023 school year, students from the two closed schools will begin attending the newly constructed Midland Trail Elementary School- a Pre-kindergarten through fifth-grade facility located on the Midland Trail campus.
No decisions will be made during Tuesday and Wednesday’s meetings as they are being held to gauge the interest in this proposal.
The Fayette County Board of Education will vote on all the proposed closures on Thursday, May 27, 2021, at 6 p.m. during a regular meeting. The Board will conduct all deliberation in open session, and a vote will be taken in open session following the Board’s decision.
Superintendent of Fayette County Schools Gary Hough was not available for comment concerning the school’s possible closures.