UPDATE: Richwood High School and Middle School not reopening for class this fall

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UPDATE 7/21/16 @ 11:15 p.m.
RICHWOOD, W.Va. (MetroNews) — The June 23 flood has forced Richwood High School and Middle School to begin the school year in portables.

The Nicholas County Board of Education met Thursday night at a special public meeting to discuss contingency plans for the fast approaching school year.

“We are in no way capable of making a statement or a determination as to what we will be doing with our schools,” said Nicholas Superintendent Donna Burge-Tetrick. “The final assessment has not been completed yet. There’s going to be studies. We don’t even have a flood plain manager.”

Burge-Tetrick said the building of new schools remains a possibility, but the current buildings still could be salvaged.

“We are bringing portables in, but that’s not because we’re closing, it’s because we’re waiting for final assessment,” she said. “We don’t know if we are going to meet or exceed that 50 percent value on the school. It would be premature for us to try to go in and bring contractors in.”

The future of the schools is very much up in the air, said Burge-Tetrick.

“Once the final assessments have been made, there could be the possibility of getting new schools, or we may be able to repair the other schools. We made it very clear we have no final determination.”

Another Nicholas County School Board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday in Summersville.

ORIGINAL STORY 7/21/16 @ 9:52 p.m.
NICHOLAS COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The Nicholas County Board of Education has made a decision not to open Richwood High School and Richwood Middle School this fall.

During a meeting Thursday night, school board members met with the community to discuss how the June 23 flooding event has impacted schools in Nicholas County.

The temporary solution is to bring in two story portables for both the middle and high schools.

According to the Richwood City Recorder Chris Drennen, the middle school sustained 50 percent damage and the high school sustained 16 percent.

The board also has concerns of mold growth and structural damage at Richwood High School.

"They've been in a part of the community for a longtime, but in the long run, it may be better for the community," Chris Drennen, the Richwood City Recorder.

These are results from the initial inspections of the schools.

Drennen says they are currently looking for land outside of the floodplain to place the portable classrooms.

Drennen says Summersville Junior High School may not reopen. School board members will meet with community members in Summersville on Tuesday to discuss the future of the junior high.

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