CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Board of Education has rejected a school consolidation plan in Nicholas County.

The board’s 7-1 vote Tuesday came at a packed meeting in Charleston on the plan to consolidate five public schools into two schools that share a single campus.

Several speakers brought up alternative plans at the board’s meeting. The board said those alternatives have not been explored to ensure the county’s plan was in the best interest of students.

Richwood’s high school and middle school and Summersville Middle School were unable to open last fall following devastating floods. Students attended school in other locations.

The county’s plan would have merged Nicholas County and Richwood high schools and a career technical center into one new facility, and put students from the middle schools in another new school.

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