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State BOE Approves School Consolidations

The state Board of Education signed off on school closings in McDowell and Wayne counties during its meeting Thursday morning.

All of the closings are contingent on the counties receiving funding from the state School Building Authority for new construction projects. The SBA meets Monday to make those funding decisions.

McDowell County Schools Assistant Superintendent Amanda Peyton described her county’s project to the state BOE Thursday. Plans are to close and consolidate Fall River, Kimball and Welch elementary schools into a new school to be built on 350 acres of property adjacent to Mount View High School.

The new school is projected to have about 542 students. The county hopes to convert the Fall River Elementary building into its career technical center.

McDowell County Schools is in property discussions with Pocahontas Land Company for the new building.

Wayne County’s BOE voted to close Buffalo Elementary and Buffalo Middle School in favor of a new K-8 school that will use the existing middle school building. The state BOE agreed Thursday.

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