Dressed in school colors and armed with signs hundreds of parents, teachers and community members packed into the old Ceredo Kenova High School gym to show support for their local elementary and middle school.
Dozens of attendees voiced concerned to the Wayne County School Board about the current proposal that would close Kenova Elementary and Ceredo-Kenova Middle School by the end of next year.
"My daughter is in fifth grade at Ceredo Elementary and she came home crying. And she wanted to know why she didn't matter to our board office," said Kathy Nelson who has a daughter in fifth grade.
Under the proposed plan, there would be three separate facilities.One for Ceredo-Kenova pre-kindergarten to first grade that will be housed at the existing Ceredo Elementary, one for Ceredo-Kenova Intermediate including grades second through fifth at Ceredo-Kenova Middle School and one for grades sixth through eighth grade at Vinson Middle School.
This means some students would attend five schools from kindergarten to 8th grade.
Our community took a devastating blow back in 1998 and now the thought of losing an elementary school is devastating," said Jenni Butler, a parent to an elementary school student.
This was the first of several meetings. The Wayne County school board will hold another meeting Tuesday for the Ceredo-Kenova Middle School. They will also form a committee with members of the community to review the issue further.
"We need to be here to support our children. It's an investment in their education and in their future," said Butler.
"I'm pleased with the outcome of the meeting. I'm glad so many people came out and so many people were willing to give us suggestions," said Lynn Hurt, the superintendent of Wayne County schools.