School board officials praised for collaboration

Robert Houk • Nov 8, 2019 at 12:00 AM

The attorney representing the Washington County Board of Education in an agreement calling for the town of Jonesborough to build a new K-8 school told board members Thursday the project is now “good to go.”

Scott Bennett said Washington County officials and town leaders are expected to sign the final Jonesborough school lease agreement on Friday. He complimented the school board on its successful collaboration with the two governmental entities on what he called a “lengthy and complicated” 40-year deal.

“Your work is done,” the attorney said.

Thursday’s meeting was the school board’s first since the Washington County Commission approved a $32.75 million lease-purchase agreement with the town of Jonesborough to build a new K-8 school and sports complex on Oct. 28. 

The four-part deal includes an inter-local agreement (which was approved by the school board in September), a lease for the school building, a lease for the sports complex and a purchase-option agreement. 

As part of that facilities lease, the county has agreed to contract with the town to manage the grounds and athletic facilities of both the new Jonesborough school and the Boones Creek K-8 School.

The Board of Education will be represented on the design committee for the Jonesborough school project by its three members elected from the Jonesborough school district — Mary Beth Dellinger, Todd Ganger and Phillip McLain. Phillip Patrick, the school system’s maintenance supervisor, will also serve on the committee.

Bennett said school board members have expressed concerns with the design and construction portions of the lease deal. He said the town has sought to control the overall cost of the project in the design phase. 

He told board members there will be “ample opportunity for your concerns to be voiced” in the design committee.





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