Preston Education Officials Consider Closing 2 Schools

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Charleston Gazette Mail, AP

TUNNELTON — The Preston County Board of Education is considering the possibility of closing two schools after residents twice voted down levies to increase funding.

The Dominion Post reports the board voted 3-1 on Monday to conduct public meetings and gather more information before making a final decision on whether to close Fellowsville Elementary and Rowlesburg School.

Board President Jack Keim said after the meeting that the county has new schools, but not enough money to take care of them.

Assistant Superintendent Brad Martin said the board staff estimated the district could save more than $1.3 million by closing the schools.

State regulations require each school that could be impacted by a closure to host a meeting. Officials said the forums would occur in October and November.