Waverly school closing opponent plans donation

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va.-(WTAP) An opponent of the proposed closing of Waverly Elementary School is making a donation to three elementary schools slated to be shut down at the end of the current school year.

Charleston businessman Fred Clark says he's making a $10,000 donation on behalf of "Shoes That Fit", an organization providing athletic shoes to needy students.

Clark is on the board of directors of Charleston's Clay Center, which oversees the program.

The donation is to be divided between Waverly, Worthington and McKinley Elementary schools, but Clark hopes the program goes beyond them.

"The real reason to publicize this, is, hopefully, other Wood County residents will step up and go to the Clay Center website for this weekend, and also make donations," Clark said Tuesday morning.

The Wood County Board of Education last week voted to close Worthington and McKinley Elementaries. It postponed until October 23 a decision on closing Waverly.

Clark plans to announce his donation at Tuesday nights regular board meeting.