The town has proposed building a new school on a site within or near its corporate limits. Jonesborough will buy the land, extend utilities to the site and construct a new K-8 school that is the same size as the new $28 million Pre-K-8 school, which opened earlier this month in Boones Creek.
“There are a lot of questions that need to the asked,” Washington County Board of Education Member Keith Ervin said after Thursday’s meeting with Jonesborough officials, Washington County commissioners and school board members at the McKinney Center.
The mayor outlined a plan calling for the town to purchase a 40-acre tract of pasture land — located off North Cherokee Street/Tavern Hill Road behind the George P. Jaynes Justice Center — to construct the new school and athletic complex.
Mayor Chuck Vest and members of the town’s governing board will join Washington County commissioners and members of the county’s Board of Education at a workshop on Aug. 15 to discuss the future of the Jonesborough elementary and middle schools. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the town’s McKinney Center.
Washington County Mayor Joe Grandy said limited revenue growth has left the county “struggling” to balance the budget this year, which means it will be “difficult to find additional dollars in the coffers” for schools.
Washington County Mayor Joe Grandy complimented Lowe’s for its willingness to work with the county on the issue, but said Tuesday a title attorney who reviewed those recent concessions has informed him that “additional issues” still complicate the purchase.
Commissioners voted Thursday to defer a decision on the school project and a related purchase of 15 acres of property behind Jonesborough Elementary School until hearing more information from Mitch Meredith, the county’s director of finance and administration, at its meeting on Nov. 29.
Architect Tony Street unveiled the new options, which he termed Scheme 5 and Scheme 6, for the board to contemplate, but five of the nine members ultimately decided to wait at least a month before voting on either plan.
Eldridge said he will discuss the purchase of the Joe McCoy property during his monthly report to the County Commission on June 25. The county was given a 90-day extension by the seller in March to act on the purchase.
Back at square one with the proposed Jonesborough K-8 plans, the Washington County Board of Education left another meeting without a plan moving forward.
Washington County Mayor Dan Eldridge said simple math does not allow the Board of Education’s latest proposal to sell the Boones Creek Middle School deed back to the county for more funding to demolish and replace Jonesborough Elementary School’s aging saucer section.
The recent controversy surrounding the Jonesborough K-8 School project has influenced yet another candidate to run for Washington County Board of Education in 2018.
Dissatisfied with the Washington County Board of Education’s handling of the Jonesborough K-8 school project, Kerrie Aistrop is prepared to do more than just voice her complaints.
The Washington County Board of Education’s over-budget proposal to “tear down the round” portion of the Jonesborough school didn’t last long once in the hands of the Washington County Commission’s Health, Education and Welfare Committee.
Despite its plan being more than $5 million out of balance, the Washington County Board of Education remained steadfast in its request to ‘tear down the round’ and build a brand-new Jonesborough K-8 school.