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Could changes be made in a local school?  Rumors have been circulating about the future of an elementary school in Raleigh County. Could changes be made in a local school? Rumors have been circulating about the future of an elementary school in Raleigh County.
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Could changes be made in a local school?  Rumors have been circulating about the future of an elementary school in Raleigh County.   59News is working for you to find out what the future holds for Stratton Elementary school. 59News Reporter Lauren Hensley tells us what you can expect.

Built in the 1920s, Stratton Elementary school is one of the oldest schools still being used in Raleigh County.

"It does not have HVAC it does not have air conditioning. The school wiring is bad. And people always say why won't you just fix up the old Stratton Elementary?  Well, it would cost the School Board it would cost the same to put in the updates as much as it would to cost to build a new school and you would still have an old school," Board President, Rick Snuffer said.

Because of these challenges the school board is looking into different options to provide a better learning facility for students. But contrary to rumors going around, no decision has been made to close Stratton Elementary.

"I think the rumor got out that the board was going to adopt that and close Stratton, but that was just a thought the Board has not taken an action on any sort of closure or combination," Snuffer said.

A committee is evaluating a number of schools in Raleigh County to determine several different options for the next school year and the best way to spend tax payer money. The community is invited to hear those options at the board meeting on November 12th.

"I went to this school. I graduated there is 1968. It was a great school this is a landmark," Sirvester Bagley of Beckley said.

You can make your opinion heard too by attending the School Board meeting on November 12th.