Wise County to hold Forums on School Consolidation
Via the KTN
WISE — The Wise County school division will host community forums beginning Monday to provide the latest information available about plans to build three new high schools.
The first forum will be at Coeburn Middle School Monday followed by Appalachia High School on Tuesday and Powell Valley High School on Wednesday. All forums begin at 7 p.m.
Forums are also scheduled for J.J. Kelly High School on April 27, St. Paul High School on April 28, and Pound High School on April 29.
The Wise County School Board voted 5-3 in November to pursue consolidation of the county’s six existing high schools — five were built in the 1950s, and the other opened in 1974 — and merge the student populations in three modern facilities.
Consolidation in Wise County is long over due. Our population does not justify 6 high schools. It is time for the folks in St Paul, Pound, and Appalachia to shut up and get on board with consolidation. The positives outweigh the negatives by far.