Commission workshop planned for Jonesborough K-8

Robert Houk • Mar 13, 2019 at 6:41 PM

While Washington County commissioners begin to sift through their options to fund a new K-8 school in Jonesborough, school officials have been given the green light to put a new roof on the Jonesborough Elementary School.

On Wednesday, the county’s Budget Committee voted to send a recommendation to the County Commission that it approve a request from school administrators for $1.1 million to replace the roof on the elementary school, The request will be on the commission’s agenda March 25.

In the meantime, the Budget Committee is looking at dates to hold a workshop to explore the county’s options for funding Scheme 6, the county’s Board of Education’s preferred plan for a new K-8 school in Jonesborough. Committee members said they hope to schedule a workshop involving all their colleagues on the County Commission on March 29 or April 1.

Before the committee’s vote on the re-roofing request, Commissioner Jim Wheeler asked fellow members if it would “make sense” to postpone action on the issue until after the workshop is held. He also asked school officials if a one-month delay would be acceptable.

“It’s spring, and we’re halfway through March,” County Director of Schools Bill Flanary said. “It’s roofing season.”

Phillip Patrick, maintenance supervisor for county schools, said replacing the elementary school’s roof has been on the system’s capital list for a number of years, and noted the Board of Education made no decisions regarding the fate of the round building if Scheme 6 is approved.

In other business, the Budget Committee approved $600,000 to purchase furniture for the new Boones Creek K-8 school set to open in the fall.

“We are setting things up so they can move forward to purchase desks and and chairs,” Mitch Meredith, the county’s finance and administration director, told the committee.


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