Help Save Richwood Schools!
This page has been established to help raise funds to save Richwood schools. All funds collected (besides credit card processing fees charged by this website) will go to the Save Our Schools Legal Fund being handled by the RHS Alumni Association. If any funds remain after the legal fight is over, they will go to the projects benefitting Richwood schools that the Alumni Association decides on.
A group of concerned residents has already filed a lawsuit to stop the consolidation and it is looking like it will be a long hard battle. We need your help!
After our community suffered through a devastating 1,000 year flood, the Nicholas County Board of Education is attempting to use FEMA funds intended to rebuild our schools and community to fund a consolidation project on the other side of the county.
When the flood happened, the BOE, superintendent and FEMA officials reassured us that our schools would be rebuilt and our community would recover. Shortly after that, the BOE shocked everyone by breaking that promise and attempting to hijack the FEMA funds.
Our school was the the number 1 ranked single A school in West Virginia prior to the flood. Our students were thriving. Our school's band, the Lumberjack Express, is award winning and is the pride of our community.
There are many reasons why the majority of our community does not support this consolidation such as the fact that many students will be riding buses for well over an hour just to get to this proposed consolidated school.
Beyond that, the BOE refuses to have an open and interactive dialog with any members of our community regarding the issue. While they claim to have data to support the consolidation recommendation, the data has proven to be flawed.
The elected officials we trusted to serve as board members on the Board of Education have turned their backs on the community and refuse to answer any questions or speak to community members regarding the consolidation.
This is just not about a small community wanting to hold on to tradition and keep our schools. This is a battle between right and wrong. It's a battle against what many feel is public corruption and a gross abuse of power with decisions being made behind closed doors.
When questioned about the consolidation and why the public is being shut out from decision making, the BOE made teachers feel threatened. Many are now concerned about their jobs and afraid to speak out. When WV Governor Jim Justice publicly voiced support for rebuilding schools in our community, the BOE responded by saying they would sue him and the WV Department of Education if their plans were derailed.
Please help save our schools, our city, and our county from the destruction and division that is being created by this unwanted consolidation proposal that would allow FEMA funds intended for our recovery to be used elsewhere.
Every donation (large or small) helps. We also ask that you please share this campaign on Facebook and other social media so that it can reach more people.
Here is a direct quote from the BOE's consolidation plan documents: "It is the intent of the Nicholas County Board of Education to capitalize on terrible unforeseen circumstances. We have the opportunity to "seize the day" if you will, and provide something great for the children of Nicholas County for years to come."
More information and content will be added over time. We will keep you updated on our progress.
Here are some links with additional information:WSAZ - Group opposed to Nicholas County Schools consolidation filing lawsuitRegister-Herald - Lawsuits a hot topic at Richwood consolidation meetingRegister-Hearld - BOE head questioned on conflict of interest
Again, all funds collected (besides credit card processing fees charged by this website) will go to the Save Our Schools Legal Fund being handled by the RHS Alumni Association. If any funds remain after the legal fight is over, they will go to the projects benefitting Richwood schools that the Alumni Association decides on.