ELIZABETHTON — The Carter County Board of Education took the first step toward developing a long-range facilities plan during a called meeting on Tuesday.
Board Chairman Bobby Blevins appointed board member Jerry McMahan to head a new committee that has not yet been formed. The committee will discuss the long-range needs of the school system and make recommendations on what facilities will be needed in the future to meet those needs.
“With the changes that are going on in the county, we thought it was important to start a long-range program,” Blevins said.
While no appointments have been made to the committee, Blevins said he thought it should include some school board members and some members of the Carter County Commission, especially Steve Lowrance, chairman of the Education Committee.
“We need the committee to study the needs and then to bring their opinions back to the board,” Blevins said.
“We need some people from the communities also,” Blevins said.
McMahan said he will begin working on some suggestions and recommendations for the board to consider as it begins to form the committee.
Director of Schools Shirley Ellis urged the board members to attend the back-to-school training sessions for teachers that will be held on Monday. There will be a systemwide meeting at 8:30 a.m. at Valley Forge Free Will Baptist Church. Tennessee Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman will address the entire faculty and staff via long distance classroom technology.