Save Richwood WV Schools - Legal Defense Fund

For: RHS Alumni Association - Save Our Schools Fund
Richwood, WV
Organizer: Timothy Dick
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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 lawsuit

Register-Herald - Lawsuits a hot topic at Richwood consolidation meeting

Register-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.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on March 10, 2017

Posted on March 10, 2017

Today in court, we were given a 60 day injunction halting the tear down of our schools and giving us the right to discovery which means the right to request information, obtain records, etc.  This is a good thing because it shows that the court believes that there are valid issues that need to be looked at further.   This is a pretty standard flow for a lawsuit and was expected.

Our legal team is now working to organize and obtain all records and items needed to fully present our case.   Our next court date will be in May and we will post an update with exact scheduling information when it is closer.

Thank you for all of your support as we continue to fight for what's right.

Posted on March 7, 2017

Posted on March 7, 2017

Today, the Nicholas County Board of Education voted unanimously to close our schools and move forward with the consolidation.

We strongly believe this is the wrong choice for our students and our county.   We also have strong evidence that clearly shows how biased the board has been in the decision process and also evidence that proper procedures were not followed (such as looking at alternative sites besides the single site the superintendent recommends for the new school).

Our legal battle now begins.  We will fight this decision in court and strongly feel that it will be overturned.   The first hearing in our case will be Thursday 3/9 at 2PM at the Nicholas County Courthouse.   The public is welcome to attend.

In addition to the online campaign donations here, we've also received a tremendous amount of donations offline by check.   We're off to a great start with fundraising, but this could be a long, tough battle.

Thank you for your support so that we can continue to fight for what is right.  Although the board has made its decision, this fight is not over.

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