The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

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December 23, 2013

Gatewood will not close at this time

Christmas has come early for the Gatewood parents, teachers and community members who said they wanted to keep their school.  

In a press release from the Fayette County Board of Education, Superintendent Keith Butcher said Gatewood Elementary will stay open at this time. Parents, teachers and school employees spoke out against the closure at public hearings Dec. 12.

According to the release, Butcher said he took speakers’ comments, information they gave the board, and the district’s financial status into account. It was these things that made Butcher tell state Superintendent James Phares that Gatewood Elementary School shouldn’t close June 30, 2014. The motion was approved so Gatewood will stay open for the 2014-2015 school year.

“As part of this process and in response to comments received at the public hearings held on December 12, 2013, I believe a better course of action can be developed to address the facility needs of the students of Fayetteville and Gatewood areas,” Butcher said.

“I want to thank the citizens who spoke at the public hearings and I encourage them to remain involved with the school system as we work together to move the school system forward.”

Starting in January 2014, Fayette County Schools will take another look at its 10-year Comprehensive Educational Facilities Plan, or CEFP. During that time, the superintendent says he’ll look at what changes need to be made to the plan and set an order in which projects will happen.

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