SUMMERSVILLE, W.Va. — The first workshop regarding efforts to build new schools in Nicholas County was held Thursday at Nicholas County High School.

The recommendations about the future schools include having a central joint middle and high school complex and hosting an integrated career and technical center, keeping an existing elementary school and allowing families to choose a school location that best fits their needs.

West Virginia School Superintendent Steve Paine said on MetroNews “Talkline” prior to the meeting the meeting was the halfway point for the mediation team.

“Before we move forward, what we want to do is make sure that we share that result and give the community in Nicholas County a chance to respond to that progress,” he said.

The mediators include members of the Nicholas County Board of Education and state Board of Education. The mediation process has to wrap up by June 15 in order to not risk losing funding from FEMA.

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