The Jonesborough mayor said Tuesday the town will be hosting a party for the project at the McKinney Center on Dec. 12 at 6 p.m. He said parents, teachers and the “entire community” are invited to join town leaders and officials from the county and school board in a celebration of the new school.
Megan Cullen Tewell and other leaders of the grassroots organization are asking Washington County commissioners to fund $300,000 to replace a leaking roof that threatens the stability of the historic and architecturally-significant building.
After months of negotiation, Jonesborough expects its K-8 school plan to be finalized by the end of the week, possibly as early as Tuesday.
Alicia Summers, vice president of business development for the Northeast Tennessee Regional Economic Partnership, said Thursday that Ebm-pabst coming to Washington County as part of a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement has helped pave the way for funding to expand the industrial park.
Representatives from Washington County, Jonesborough and the county‘s Board of Education will soon be appointed to serve on a design committee for the $32.75 million project. Their work will outline the construction perimeters of the school and athletic facilities.
The vote came after several hours of back and forth negotiations among commissioners and the county’s attorneys, as well as discussion with Jonesborough Mayor Chuck Vest. Commissioners voted 11-3 (with Commissioners Carriger, Mike Ford and Steve Light voting “no”) to adopt amendments to the lease approved by the Jonesborough Board of Mayor and Aldermen earlier Monday.
“Monday’s vote could make or break the deal,” said Commissioner Jim Wheeler, who serves as the town’s attorney and has played a key role in negotiations between the town and the county.
A vote by the Washington County Commission on a new K-8 school and sports complex in Jonesborough has been delayed until Oct. 28 after commissioners were told Thursday the county is still trying to nail down the actual cost of the project and determine the county’s ability to cover that expense.
County commissioners will meet 6 p.m. today at the George P. Jaynes Justice Center in a called meeting to vote on a resolution supporting the town’s proposed terms of a lease-to-purchase agreement for the Jonesborough school project. County officials said important details of the lease were still being be hammered out earlier this week by attorneys for the town and the county.
Though there’s a few “little pieces” still being discussed, Jonesborough appears confident they’re in the final stages of finalizing the town’s K-8 school plan.
Commissioner Phil Carriger said BrightRidge’s push into high-speed broadband internet is “a big plus” for the county’s economic development efforts. Carriger told Evans he and other members of the CIA Committee hope the utility’s new service will help entice young business owners to the region.
A proposed contract between Washington County and Jonesborough calling for the town to construct a new K-8 school and sports complex to be leased by the county has been posted at washingtoncountytn.org.
“I’m not sure I want to ask questions that might be used against us later on,” Commissioner Kent Harris said, noting it might be prudent for the commission to go into an executive session to discuss the matter with its attorneys.
Washington County commissioners will meet with their attorneys in a workshop on Tuesday to hear details of the proposed lease-to-own deal with Jonesborough to construct a new K-8 school and sports complex.
County commissioners voted Monday to proceed with an agreement calling for Jonesborough to spend as much as $32 million to construct a school that the county would lease-to-own from the town.