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What should be done to update Jonesborough's schools?

Johnson City Press • Apr 8, 2018 at 4:56 PM

There has been a lot of talk about Jonesborough's schools lately.

For several years, the Washington County Board of Education has debated the proper way to update the town's educational facilities to provide the best learning environments at a sustainable cost to the taxpayers.

At issue now is whether to tear down the 50-year-old saucer section of Jonesborough Elementary and the most cost effective way to replace it if it is demolished.

A majority of the school board's members — though not all — say they would like to demolish the round section and replace it with a K-8 school built onto an existing addition.

The county mayor and many commissioners, however, say the plan is too costly, as it exceeds an approved capital budget by millions of dollars.

Most recently, as Press Staff Writer Jessica Fuller reported last week, the school board voted to build a K-8 school in multi-year phases, starting with K-4 and adding the remaining grades later when more capital projects funding becomes available.

There hasn't been an official vote, but County Mayor Dan Eldridge does not seem open to the idea.

The elected officials seem to be at an impasse, so we want to hear from you, what should be done to improve Jonesborough's schools?

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