- Associated Press - Sunday, May 29, 2016

PHILIPPI, W.Va. (AP) - Two elementary schools in Barbour County are being targeted for closure next year due to declining enrollment.

The Exponent Telegram (https://bit.ly/1Ud1pMp) reports the Board of Education is looking at the possibility of closing Mount Vernon and Volga-Century schools.

County schools Superintendent Jeffrey Woofter says Mount Vernon has 57 students and Volga-Century has 37 students.

Last week Woofter was authorized to prepare documents to close the schools and bring them to the school board for consideration. Woofter says hearings on the closings could be held as early as July.

If the schools are closed, the children would attend Philippi Elementary School.

Board member Dana Stemple says enrollment numbers have dropped this decade as families have left the area due to a decline in the coal and oil and natural gas industries.

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Information from: The Exponent Telegram, https://www.theet.com

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