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Parents react to Cedar Grove consolidation project put on hold

The consolidation of Cedar Grove and DuPont Middle Schools won’t be happening in the near future.
Published: Apr. 19, 2021 at 7:56 PM EDT
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UPDATE 4/20/21 @ 6:15 p.m.

KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) - A project involving Cedar Grove schools has been put on hold by the West Virginia School Building Authority.

They denied the funding Kanawha County school leaders requested, but it does not mean those plans are squashed for good.

Cedar Grove Elementary and Middle school students share the same building. Kanawha County Schools applied for funding from the West Virginia School Building Authority with plans to consolidate Cedar Grove Middle School with Dupont Middle School and do a complete renovation to the elementary school.

“We have structural issues here. The building is 60-plus years old,” said Superintendent Dr. Tom Williams.

While the funding was denied, the decision is actually a sigh of relief for some parents like Heather Mullins.

“It would be like a ten-minute drive or fifteen-minute drive, and that’s a lot especially on smaller kids. I know it was going to be the middle school, but still that’s a lot,” Mullins said.

Mullins said her daughter is in second grade and loves the school.

“But you know a lot of these little community schools are just disappearing,” she said.

However, the consolidation is not entirely off the table.

“We can apply again in December, and I will apply again in December, and we will see what happens then,” Williams said.

During a public hearing to discuss the projects, Kanawha County Schools said these decisions are never easy. School leaders said with the building’s age, along with the fact that it is in a flood plain, they believe consolidation will ultimately bring more opportunity for students.

ORIGINAL STORY 4/19/21

The West Virginia School Building Authority on Monday has denied a funding request from Kanawha County School leaders to close Cedar Grove Middle School.

This means the consolidation of Cedar Grove and DuPont Middle Schools won’t be happening in the near future.

In March, Kanawha County School leaders requested money from the state School Building Authority to renovate Cedar Grove Community School, which houses both middle and elementary students, to house only the elementary students.

As a part of the plan, the middle school students would go to DuPont Middle School.

The plan also included removing two ends of the current building to get the school out of the flood zone.

Officials with Kanawha County Schools say they will resubmit for the funding in December.

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