Lincoln County Schools

West Virginia approves closure of elementary in Lincoln County

Dec. 18, 2023
Ranger Elementary will close at the end of the 2023-24 school year.

The West Virginia Board of Education has approved the closing of Ranger Elementary School in the western part of Lincoln County.

The Herald-Dispatch reports that the state board granted the Lincoln County School Board's request to shutter Ranger at the end of the 2023-24 school year.

The Lincoln County district has had discussions with Lincoln County Opportunity Company to take over the Ranger facility and make it a Senior Citizens’ Center.

Students from Ranger will be relocated to Harts Pre K-8 and West Hamlin Elementary.

WCHS-TV reported last month that the Lincoln County board, in a 3-2 vote, decided to close Ranger, pending state approval. Supporters of the closing said enrollment at Ranger was down to 72 students and was expected to continue dropping in coming years.

Because of the closing, the length of bus rides for some displaced students will exceed state guidelines, so Lincoln County has asked for a policy waiver.





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Mike Kennedy | Senior Editor

Mike Kennedy has been writing about education for American School & University since 1999. He also has reported on schools and other topics for The Chicago Tribune, The Kansas City Star, The Kansas City Times and City News Bureau of Chicago. He is a graduate of Michigan State University.

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