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.
Washington County School Board member David Hammond was indicted earlier this month for violating an order of protection his girlfriend had obtained against him in April.
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.”
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.
After the Washington County Board of Education approved an agreement with Jonesborough to build a new K-8 school leased by the county Thursday, Johnson City Schools officials have continued having concerns about their own capital needs.
Board member Chad Fleenor made the motion to approve the deal, which was met by cheers from many of the parents and Jonesborough residents in the audience who have pushed to build a new school for more than three years. One was parent Kerrie Aistrop, who said the board’s vote made up for years of frustration and disappointment.
“There are a lot of questions that need to the asked,” Washington County Board of Education Member Keith Ervin said after Thursday’s meeting with Jonesborough officials, Washington County commissioners and school board members at the McKinney Center.
The mayor outlined a plan calling for the town to purchase a 40-acre tract of pasture land — located off North Cherokee Street/Tavern Hill Road behind the George P. Jaynes Justice Center — to construct the new school and athletic complex.
Mayor Chuck Vest and members of the town’s governing board will join Washington County commissioners and members of the county’s Board of Education at a workshop on Aug. 15 to discuss the future of the Jonesborough elementary and middle schools. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the town’s McKinney Center.
Bill Flanary has served as director of schools since Kimber Halliburton resigned in May 2018 after serving two years in the schools director’s position to to take a similar job in Mississippi.
The chairman of the Washington County Board of Education said Thursday he will call a special meeting of the board to decide how to proceed with a new plan for a K-8 school in Jonesborough.
The county’s Board of Education is expected to discuss a new game plan at its regular meeting on June 6. Board Chairman Keith Ervin and other school officials were present Monday when the County Commission rejected Scheme 6, which called for renovating Jonesborough Middle School and adding about 64,000 square feet to the building.
Regardless of guilt or innocence, David Hammond’s regular brushes with the law have become a problem for the reputation of Washington County Schools and the Board of Education.
Through independent laboratory testing, traces of lead above state-acceptable amounts were discovered in sources of drinking water at Boones Creek Elementary School and West View Elementary School according to director Bill Flanary.