The Patrick County School Board directed Schools Superintendent Bill Sroufe to issue Requests for Proposals (RFPs) on the two studies. The RFPs will help determine the number of potential vendors as well as the costs of the studies.

School officials determined to pursue the studies as a strategy to cut expenses, Rickie Fulcher, vice chairman, said at the Nov. 19 meeting of the Patrick County Board of Supervisors.

“But that’s not going to help. They might cut some teachers, but overall, it’s not going to help,” because there are a myriad of other costs, said Fulcher of the Peters Creek District.

Karl Weiss, of the Blue Ridge District, said he did not yet know whether the supervisors have the authority to prevent the school board from undertaking the studies or acting upon them.

“I’ll never vote to close a school or consolidate,” Weiss said, adding the studies are arm twisting “to get more money out of Patrick County.… If we cannot stop them, they’ll have a heck of a time getting my vote in the future.”

Lock Boyce, chairman and of the Mayo River District, said the supervisors do not have the authority, and noted that school board members…

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