McComas v. Board of Educ. of Fayette County

In McComas v. Board of Educ. of Fayette County, 197 W.Va. 188, 193, 475 S.E.2d 280, 285 (1996), the circuit court granted a writ of mandamus to citizens of Fayette County when they challenged their county board of education's decision to close one of the county's high schools. The citizens claimed, inter alia, that the board of education failed to post notices of the Board's proposal pursuant to W.Va. Code 18-5-13a at the high school that would be receiving the students from the closed school. Under W.Va. Code 18-5-13a (1991), a school board is required to post a copy of the same notice published in the newspaper in conspicuous places in the "affected schools" for the benefit of the employees. The citizens argued that the high school that would be receiving the students from the closed school was an "affected school" under the statute. Ultimately, this Court determined that "all schools that are the objects of consolidation whether 'giving' or 'receiving' schools can qualify as affected schools within the meaning of W.Va. Code, 18-5-13a." McComas, 197 W.Va. at 206, 475 S.E.2d at 298.