By Adam Beam and John Raby
The Associated Press
PIKEVILLE, Ky. -- When it opened in 1990 amid boom times deep in eastern Kentucky coal country, Shelby Valley High School had nearly 1,000 students, with enough demand that it built an addition the next year. Now the mines are closing, and the school big enough for 1,200 students sits at half capacity.
When the families leave, Principal Greg Napier asks them why. "Gotta have a job," they say.
Kentucky's public school...