NEW MARTINSVILLE, W.Va. (WTRF) – Wildcats dressed in Paden City green rallied together outside of Magnolia High School Monday night before the Wetzel County Board of Education meeting. 

Students, staff, parents, and community members are no strangers to the idea of the reconfiguration of Paden City High School, Magnolia High School, and New Martinsville Schools and many have been adamant in their arguments against this move. 

Students brought signs, others circled in prayer, and staff took to the podium to speak – hoping that the board would decide against this reconfiguration. 

”Paden City  High School is really the heart of our community. It’s what brings us together as a family. So, it’s really important that we keep that staple peace in our community just so it holds us together. Because like I said, we are a family. We are one.”

Grace Greene – Sophomore, Paden City High School

”We have been a school for such a long time and there are so many teachers who are going to lose their jobs, who need to support and provide for their families. And my little sister and multiple children have made connections with high school students and teachers and just preparing them to come to that school. I’m a senior and I’ll get to leave. But how this is affecting the underclassmen at the school. And I’m not going to sit here and allow that to happen to these kids that I’ve grown with.”

Madylen Still – Senior, Paden City High School

The decision to close Paden City High School and merge into Magnolia High School was not approved by board of education members at this meeting. 

We are still gathering details, so stay with 7News for updates on this decision.