No Plans to Annex Elementary School to City

By: Jennifer Rizzi Email
By: Jennifer Rizzi Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A petition to annex Ruthlawn Elementary School into the city of South Charleston is not going forward after Thursday's school board meeting.

Board members say they didn't see any strong reasons to pursue the issue and witnessed little support from the community.

"I haven't had one call for it," school board president Pete Thaw said. "I've had a lot of people call me against we're not going to send it in."

Board members say the move would not have affected redistricting in the schools, but parents who came to the meeting were worried about that possibility.

"You buy a home because of the school district," parent Mike Gayton said. "We've become a part of the John Adams and the GW community. You want to do what's best for your child, and those are the schools we want our child to go to."

School board member William Raglin said the school could have seen benefits like increased security and fire protection with annexation to the city. But those weren't enough to convince him to vote in favor of the move.

"I don't think we had enough information of what the costs versus the benefits were," he said. "And I don't know whether or not we have an accurate assessment of community feeling at this time."

The petition has now been tabled indefinitely.

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