Nicholas County lost more than one-fourth of students since '90

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Nicholas County lost more than one-fourth of students since '90
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

SUMMERSVILLE — Nicholas County Schools’ superintendent didn’t recommend Wednesday evening whether the local school board should consolidate two Richwood schools with Summersville Middle, as some in Richwood fear.
“We’re not there yet,” Superintendent Donna Burge-Tetrick said.

She said she’ll continue to collect and provide more data to the board on things like transportation needs and teacher position cuts. “I am in no way close to making a recommendation as to the configurations of the schools,” Burge-Tetrick said.

She said she didn’t know how many weeks or months it would take before she reaches that point.

But Wednesday’s board meeting did feature the public school system’s treasurer and the county’s assessor painting a grim financial picture, with the treasurer, Kevin Hess, giving a report on enrollment and related state-funding drops in which he seemed to indicate some sort of school consolidation was the only option to continue cutting costs.

The superintendent, however, left open alternatives like transportation savings.

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