CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Board of Education is appealing a judge’s ruling that set aside the board’s rejection of a school consolidation plan in Nicholas County.

The board announced its intentions in a news release Thursday to appeal the ruling to the state Supreme Court.

Last week a Kanawha County circuit judge sided with the Nicholas County school board in a lawsuit filed against the state board. Judge Duke Bloom said the state board acted arbitrarily.

The Nicholas County board is seeking to merge two middle schools, two high schools and a vocational center into one campus near Summersville. Damage from last year’s floods closed Richwood Middle, Richwood High and Summersville Middle schools.

The state board says it “has focused on the best interest of all students in the county.”

Information from: The Charleston Gazette-Mail,