The memorandum of understanding is between the West Virginia Board of Education, the Fayette County Board of Education and Mount Hope Heritage and Hope Inc., a nonprofit organization. The agreement allows for the transfer of Mount Hope High School to the nonprofit organization. The school is set to close at the end of the 2010-2011 school year.
The heritage group hopes to turn the school into a youth development center, which would provide mentoring, tutoring and enrichment activities. The center is expected to be in operation by the summer of 2011. Throughout the summer students will have the opportunity to participate in arts activities, yoga, zumba, community service and academics.
A portion of the school facility will be used as a headquarters for Department of Defense Joint Task Force members working on the new Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve. During evening hours and weekends, the military service members will tutor, mentor and provide physical fitness classes to students.
The building returns to control of the school board should it cease to be used as intended within five years.
--The West Virginia Board of Education and the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) are committed to ensuring all students in the state are college and career ready when they graduate from a public school. What West Virginia students are learning in school exceeds national and international standards. Through the WVDE’s 21st century learning plan called “Global21: Students deserve it. The world demands it.,” West Virginia is seeing better student performance on the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST2); the SAT and the ACT college entrance exams; the job skills assessment called Work Keys given to career and technical education students; and in a high school graduation rate that exceeds the national average.