Not everyone was happy about the board's decision. Joe Dangerfield, a Fayetteville resident and parent, said he is concerned about the academics in Fayette County and the long-term effects of keeping Meadow Bridge open.
Dangerfield, who serves on an education committee in Fayette County, said it's costing too much money to keep the school open.
"Keeping Meadow Bridge open means cutting somewhere," he said. "I don't know where it's going to be .<!p>.<!p>. but the potential is there to affect it."
Dangerfield, a Fayetteville High School graduate, has lived all over the world but decided to move back to his hometown. His children attend Fayetteville Elementary, but Dangerfield is concerned for their future if they were to attend his high school.
"If I had to do it tomorrow -- absolutely not. I would send them to a private boarding school," he said.
"I would love for my kids to go to Fayetteville High School, the high school I graduated," he said. "But if it's a choice between the high school I went to and the best education, then it's the best education."
What Dangerfield would like to see is improvement in the county's curriculum. Dangerfield took issue with Fayetteville High School's distance-learning chemistry class and the high school's arts classes.
Dangerfield said consolidation would be ideal because it would provide a better facility and the possibility to get more teachers. Dangerfield said consolidation also could open up funding to improve facilities and the curriculum.
"My biggest complaint is that the state board made a capricious decision against all logic and reasoning because a small group complained," he said. "They are ignoring the rest of the county. They have wasted all this time in meetings, addressing one issue when they need to address how to improve the curriculum and how to get a better, up-to-date facility. With Meadow Bridge, the complaint is that we're out to get them, and that's false. We're not out to get them. It's about the quality of education all residents receive."
Although consolidation has been thrown around for years and the topic isn't going away any time soon, Henry said the school will carry on as usual.
"You would think the teachers would be concerned about losing their jobs but it really is business as usual," he said. "They've been teaching here for years. It's a usual topic of conversation, but we continue to have school every day."