The Switzerland of Ohio School Board made the tough decision to close Beallsville High School by a 3-2 vote in February. Thursday’s board meeting was one of the last times for residents to voice concerns before the end of the school year and to try and change the board’s minds.
“You know it isn’t right, you were elected to be the voice of the parents and citizens in this district,” said Nikki Trigg, a Beallsville Parent.
“I know there are many more citizens in and around this district who are in support of keeping our Beallsville High School open rather than closing it,” Trigg continued.
“You don’t have to be the bad guy,” said Denise Riley, a member of the Keystone Committee. “There is a huge amount of support for Beallsville School and its community. Everywhere we go people stop us and tell us that we have their support.”
The school board maintained their decision to close Beallsville High School at the end of the school year but the residents will continue the fight.
The Keystone Committee, the group rallying against the shutdown, filed a legal complaint last week for injunctive relief, to overturn the board’s decision. The committee believes that the board violated the state’s open meetings law when they reach their decision in February.
Beallsville High School’s final day right now is scheduled for May 27th.