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Board approves moving middle school students to Summers County High School for 2020-21 school year

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HINTON, W.V (WVVA) This evening the Summers County Board of Education approved the motion to move student from Summers County Middle School to Summers County High School. David Warvel, Superintendent of Summers County Schools, read a preliminary findings report about the current state of the school.

In that report, it states that water infiltration has led to failure of paint on the stucco, rotting of wood structures exposed to water moisture and mold. The school was first built in 1925 according to Stan Duncan, President of the Summers County Board of Education.

Rooms in the building such as the basement, have been "deemed off limits to staff and students" according to the report. The report also states there's roof leaks in two classrooms (300A and 300B), which is causing asbestos material to fall from the ceiling into the classrooms.

Superintendent Warvel also created a proposal for moving students into the high school, with help from principals. He recommends having high school students in three days a week- middle school students two days, and rotate that for the next school week.

He says when students aren't in the building, they are still engaging with teachers through virtual learning. "Teachers will report every day, just won't have students due to remote learning." Sixth graders moving down to the elementary schools is also another option on the table in this fluid situation.

The board did pass Duncan's motion to move students from the middle school to the high school for the 2020-2021 school year.

You can watch a playback of the school board meeting here: https://youtu.be/186Wth7uLT4

Ashley Smith

Multimedia Journalist

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