Boone schools considering consolidation
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail
Boone County’s cash-strapped public school system, which closed three elementary schools at the end of last school year, posted notices Friday for a public hearing on a proposed closure of Whitesville Elementary.
The hearing is planned for 6 p.m. Nov. 15 at the school, located on W.Va. 3/Boone Street in the town of Whitesville.
Whitesville’s students would be transferred to Sherman Elementary, which is about 20 minutes and 15 miles north on W.Va. 3.
Speakers can sign in from 5-5:45 p.m. before the hearing. Written reasons for the consolidation and supporting data are available for public review from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Boone schools Superintendent Jeff Huffman’s office, at 69 Avenue B, Madison.
Huffman didn’t return requests for more information Thursday or Friday.
The agenda for Monday’s school board meeting — 6 p.m. at the Boone County Schools Operations Complex, 5367 Daniel Boone Parkway, in Foster — includes a recommendation from Huffman to transfer the sixth-graders from Whitesville, Sherman and Ashford-Rumble elementaries to Sherman Junior High, thus transforming it into Sherman Middle.