Jonesborough adds two to school project design committee

Jonathan Roberts • Jan 13, 2020 at 11:46 PM

JONESBOROUGH — The Jonesborough Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved the addition of two community members to the design committee for the town’s K-8 school project. 

During their regularly scheduled meeting Monday night, Jonesborough Aldermen Stephen Callahan and Terry Countermine nominated Laura Cusick and Bryan Barnett to the design committee. Cusick has three children in the Washington County School District, and will serve as the town’s community nominee alongside Jonesborough Mayor Chuck Vest and Town Administrator Bob Browning. Barnett was appointed after Washington County School Board member Jason Day declined his appointment. 

Mayor Vest was not present at Monday’s meeting, but said in a statement that the town added “two great Jonesborough representatives to the design committee.” 

“They both can offer two perspectives that add to the committee’s diversity of thought,” Vest said. “I thought it was important to add someone with insight to athletics, volunteering, business experience and parents. They check all of the boxes.” 

Barnett, who was present at Monday’s meeting, said he had been in contact with Vest for the better part of the last month, and that he will offer insight on how the school’s accompanying athletic fields will be designed, citing a concern that nobody else was focusing on the athletics side of the design. 

“One thing I had kind of noticed wasn’t getting talked about a lot was athletics, so that’s what I’m kind of hoping to focus on, hoping to bring to the table,” Barnett said. “I think the education side and building design is really going to be taken care of, but I talked with several coaches at Jonesborough and that was something they were concerned about — that they didn’t have a voice for athletics.” 

In his monthly report, Browning said he hopes to hold the design committee’s first meeting by the end of the month. 

Other business: 

Jonesborough has received a $22,488.86 grant from the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council to facilitate the planting of more than 200 trees in six locations throughout the town, which will be planted before April 30. Though the grant was originally for 249 trees, the town was able to purchase around 300 due to “favorable buying conditions.” 

“Jonesborough is a member of Tree City USA and we’ve received numerous awards over the years for the trees that we have in town,” said Vice Mayor Adam Dickson, who presided over Monday’s meeting. “We’re very proud of the fact that we have a beautiful community.” 

An audit report from Blackburn, Childers and Steagall for the town’s last fiscal year, July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019, found nothing out of order with town’s finances, with a representative from the firm describing it as a “great report” to the board. 

Jonesborough Fleet Manager Shane Atkins was named Town Employee of the Month, and Vice Mayor Dickson issued a proclamation on behalf of Mayor Vest recognizing Anna Konstantopoulos as Miss Historic Jonesborough, and giving her an honorary key to the city.