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Cabell County school board approves consolidation

Nov. 06, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- The Cabell County Board of Education approved the consolidation of Geneva Kent and Peyton elementary schools during its regular meeting Tuesday.

The schools will close at the end of the 2014-2015 school year and students will be reassigned for the 2015-2016 school year to a renovated Beverly Hills Middle School on Saltwell Road.

The board approved current Peyton Elementary principal Ryan McKenzie as the principal for the new school.

McKenzie has led Peyton since July 2013. He was formerly the principal of Enslow Middle School for three years and was involved in a trip in September where school administrators visited a expeditionary learning school in Asheville, N.C., after which the new school will be modeled.

The district is referring to the school, which is has not named, as an incubator facility for the expeditionary learning concept in the county. The school system plans to partner with Marshall University's June Harless Center to offer teachers in the Cabell County school system and across the state training on that type of curriculum.

In expeditionary learning schools, students learn through more hands-on activities outside the classroom rather than traditional classroom instruction.

It will be the first of its kind in the state, according to school officials.

The board received little resistance to the plan during two public hearings last week.

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