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Property near Hampton High may wind up as park

September 13th, 2011 10:45 am by John Thompson

ELIZABETHTON — Some unused property at Hampton High School might become the second community park in Carter County.
Carter County Mayor Leon Humphrey attended a workshop session of the Carter County School Board on Monday to ask the board to consider deeding a parcel of property less than an acre in area to the county for the purpose of establishing some picnic tables. The property is located across a road from the school.
“Right now (the property) doesn’t serve anyone a useful purpose,” Humprhey said. He said it is at a lower elevation than surrounding land and would require to be cleaned up and filled in. He said the county’s Park and Recreation Committee would assist in developing the park.
“One concern the board has is that it is so close to the school,” board member Daniel Holder said. “It may become a place to hang out.”
Assistant Director of Schools Kevin Ward asked the mayor if it might be possible to do a land swap of the Hampton property for some property near the school bus garage.
The committee also heard an overview of the pre-kindergarten program from administrator Creola Miller.
She said the program is for children who are age 4 on or before Sept. 30. Children in the program are classified as economically disadvantaged. Teachers are licensed and endorsed for early childhood education.
In other matters, Ward said the toilet renovation project at several elementary schools was being accomplished below budget, even though one project will cost an additional $2,900.
The board also examined proposed policies for nepotism and for qualifications of the director of schools. The nepotism policy requires that no employee be evaluated by a related person, but in order to ensure getting the best possible employee, the policy does allow a related person to be enrolled as long as they are not evaluated by a family member.

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