Last updated: October 28. 2013 7:43PM - 932 Views
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LEON — A movement to save Leon Elementary from consolidation and to keep the public informed about that has emerged on Facebook.


“Save Leon Elementary” already has nearly 600 likes and has become a place for residents to discuss their opinions about possibly consolidating Leon Elementary with Buffalo Elementary School in a new facility.


Members of the Mason County Board of Education recently traveled to Putnam County to continue a discussion about the possibility of a consolidated elementary school. After the meeting between the Putnam and Mason County Boards of Education, Mason County Schools Superintendent Suzanne Dickens said no action was taken.


As reported earlier, a proposed plan would consolidate the Leon and Buffalo Elementary Schools in a new facility as opposed to renovating each or building two new schools. Also at issue, in which county would the school be built if approved? Harold Hatfield, superintendent of Putnam County Schools, added that a “pro” of the would-be project is geographical; the Leon community, he said, is closer to Buffalo than to Point Pleasant. Hatfield mentioned that a similar project is already in progress in West Virginia in Gilmer and Lewis counties.


Many from the Leon community are expected to be at Tuesday’s Mason County Board of Education meeting which is a special meeting to discuss property matters. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. tonight at the Mason County Career Center. Those who administer the “Save Leon Elementary” Facebook page are asking those concerned about the project or who have questions to show up by 5:30 p.m.


The official agenda for Tuesday’s meeting includes the Leon Elementary Project Committee and a possible executive session to discuss property matters.


The Putnam school board has identified Williams Shriver Architects, Inc. to contract services with if the project moves beyond the discussion phase. Again, Hatfield commented that the firm has only been contracted to help in the event that that the schools do decide to move forward with a consolidation.


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