Enrollment up for Washington County Schools

Robert Houk • Updated Sep 5, 2019 at 8:53 PM

The Washington County School System has seen its student enrollment surpass its budgeted numbers for the new school year.

William Flanary, the county’s director of schools, said 104 new students have been recorded since the school year began on Aug. 5. He said the school system’s budget is “predicated on a loss of 90 students” in the current school year.

“Brad (Hale) tells me we are out of money,” Flanary said.

The system now has more than 8,500 students, with many of the additional pupils showing up on the rolls of the newly-opened pre-K-8 school in Boones Creek. Brad Hale, budget director for county schools, said some of the 828 students enrolled at the new school are from Johnson City.

Hale said this shift will result in additional average daily attendance money coming from the state.

In other business, members re-elected board veteran Keith Ervin to serve another year as chairman. 

The vote was a 6-2-1, with Ervin, Annette Buchanan, Mary Beth Dellinger, David Hammond, Chad Fleenor and Phillip McLain voting “yes,” and Jason Day and Todd Ganger voting “no.”

Board member Mitch Meredith was absent from the meeting.

McLain made the motion for Ervin to continue in the role, telling his colleagues that it has been the board’s practice during his15-year tenure for the same chairman to serve two years.

“I don’t like voting for myself, but I guess I will,” Ervin said.

The board also voted for Buchanan to continue as vice chairwoman, and Flanary to serve as board parliamentarian.

The school board also recognized five county schools for being designated by the state as “Rewards Schools.” Those schools are University High, Gray Elementary, Sulphur Springs Elementary, Jonesborough Middle and West View Elementary.

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