County Attorney Allyson Wilkinson said that while “nothing has been finalized,” communication between the two parties is still open.
Jonesborough Mayor Chuck Vest said the public is invited to the event, which will be held Wednesday from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the town’s McKinney Center.
Community members are invited to a celebration for the new Jonesborough K-8 school from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Jan. 8 at the McKinney Center.
The Washington County Board of Education has named an art teacher at Jonesborough Elementary School as its fourth member of the design committee for the Jonesborough K-8 school and sports complex project.
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.
The ceremonial signing of the document comes after the County Commission voted on Oct. 28 to approve a 40-year lease-purchase agreement with the town to finance and construct the project.
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.”
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.
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.