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8 WVa schools targeted for closing, contingent on funding

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Eight public schools in four West Virginia counties have been targeted for closing, contingent on those counties receiving state funding to consolidate schools.

The state Board of Education on Thursday approved the closing of Fall River, Kimball and Welch elementary schools in McDowell County; Fort Ashby Primary, Wiley Ford Primary and Frankfort Intermediate in Mineral County; Buffalo Elementary School in Wayne County, and Cedar Grove Middle School in Kanawha County.

The closings were earlier approved by local boards of education. They are contingent on funding approval from the state School Building Authority, which is set to meet next Monday in Charleston, The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported.

The authority receives more requests for funding from county school systems every year than it can accommodate.

A new McDowell County elementary school is planned on 350 acres near Mount View High School. In Mineral County, a consolidated primary school would be built in the Frankfort area.

Wayne County would tear down the elementary school and expand an adjacent middle school that would house prekindergarten through eighth graders.

Kanawha County’s plan would renovate Cedar Grove Middle School as a new elementary school and send middle school students to DuPont Middle School.