Henry County Board of Supervisors Chair asks Martinsville Mayor to delay reversion vote to conduct a study on schools

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (WDBJ) - Just seven days away from a public information session and possible vote on town reversion, Henry County board of Supervisors Chair Jim Adams sent a letter to the mayor, asking her to delay the vote to conduct an independent study on their school systems.

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"They thought that would be a good first step to look at the school system and how we can bring those together as one and that would make the rest of the reversion or consolidation much easier." said Deputy County Administrator, Dale Wagoner.

The letter proposes the county would pay for two thirds of the study, while the city would cover the rest.

Wagoner says this is a way to look at all options before being tied into the reversion process.

"Ideally we can have these discussion and get the study done without the idea of reversion looming as well." said Wagoner.

Martinsville Vice Mayor Chad Martin says he was excited to get a response from the county, after sending letters to the board November 5 and January of this year.

"When it come to reverting I'd much rather sit down and negotiate than actually revert." said Martin.

At a time when Martinsville City Schools are getting national recognition for their work to have all their schools accredited, Martin believes both systems would benefit from seeing how they could work together and make the best decision for both sides.

"My first elected role is to protect the citizens of Martinsville, but my parents live in the county, I have cousins who live in the county, so my heart is on them as well, so I'm thinking what is the best situation for city and county." said Martin.

As of now, there has been no arrangement made between the county and city to meet before the city's public information hearing December 10.

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