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Cabell Board of Education sets hearings for school closures

Oct. 25, 2013 @ 12:01 AM

HUNTINGTON -- The Cabell County Board of Education will conduct public hearings next week regarding the closure of two elementary schools.

The closure and subsequent consolidation of Geneva Kent and Peyton elementary schools are part of the school district's long-term Comprehensive Education Facilities Plan.

The first meeting will be regarding the closure of Geneva Kent, and it will take place at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, at the School Board Meeting Room at the Cabell County Schools central office at 2850 5th Ave. in Huntington.

The second meeting will be regarding the closure of Peyton Elementary, and it will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29. That meeting also will take place in the meeting room at the central office.

Board members are expected to vote on the closures and consolidation in November.

If the board approves the measure, the consolidated school will be located inside the Beverly Hills Middle School facility. Renovations at the school would start in 2014, after the new Huntington East Middle School opens in January. The goal would be to have the facility prepared for classes to start at the beginning of the 2015-16 school year.

The facility will serve as an "Incubator School," would be a laboratory for teaching best instructional practices and would implement an Expeditionary Learning curriculum in partnership with Marshall University's June Harless Center.

In Expeditionary Learning schools, students learn by conducting expeditions rather than by sitting in a classroom being taught one subject at a time.

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