Carter County schools’ long-range plan nearly ready for public

John Thompson • Oct 24, 2012 at 8:51 AM

HAMPTON — The much-anticipated findings of the Carter County School Board’s Facilities Long Range Planning Committee will soon be revealed to the public after a year of study and meetings.

Interim Director of Schools Kevin Ward announced during October’s school board meeting that the committee will be presenting its report to the board in a workshop session soon. The board will then look at various scenarios and work to reach an agreement.

Ward said the committee has been meeting for the past year and has “gathered a lot of data that will benefit Carter County schools.”

Ward also reported to the board about another important meeting involving possible school facilities. He said a meeting of county school officials and city of Elizabethton school officials was held at the Herman Robinson campus of the Tennessee Technology Center-Elizabethton last week. Ward said other in attendance included Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, state Sen. Rusty Crowe, state Rep. Kent Williams and TTC-E director Dean Blevins.

Construction has recently begun on a project to consolidate all of the buildings for the technology center on its Stoney Creek campus. When construction is complete, the Herman Robinson Campus will be vacated. There have been discussions about the city and county school systems jointly operating the well equipped technology classrooms.

Ward said the move would benefit both Carter County and Elizabethton students because courses could be taught that are not available now, such as diesel mechanics and heating and air conditioning. “This would not only be good for students but also for the region,” Ward told the board. “The students would be prepared to go into the workplace.”

“Lt. Gov. Ramsey is going back to talk to Gov. Haslam about the project,” Ward said.

On financial matters, Valley Forge Elementary School was awarded $100,000 Department of Education Focus School Grants for the next two years. The grants will focus on reading, language arts and literacy. There were 57 grants across the state awarded this year from 157 applications.

Carter County Schools Nutrition Director Marisa Potter said the free breakfast program at Range is going well, with 75 students participating.

During the meeting, the board recognized all teachers who retired during the past year and also the marching bands from Cloudland, Hampton and Happy Valley for outstanding performances this year.

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