October 23rd , 2012 9:47 am Leave a comment

Committee recommends consolidation for schools

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The future of the Carter County School System could include just one high school, three middle schools and five elementary schools, following the completion of a 13-month-long study by the Long Range Facilities Planning Team.

Committee members have completed their report and approved their recommendations on Monday during a lunch meeting. The plan includes one centrally located high school to house 9th through 12th graders, three middle schools to house 6th through 8th graders and five elementary schools to house kindergarten through 5th graders.

Dr. Kevin Ward, the school system’s interim director, said he was pleased with the work accomplished by the committee, which has met for the last 13 months. The committee has gathered and collected a large amount of data regarding the county’s population, each school and the costs associated with all of the schools.

Jerry McMahan, a school board member, has facilitated the committee over the last 13 months. McMahan said that with the committee’s final approval, the recommendations and report will next be presented to the school board. If the school board approves the report, it will then be presented to the county commission.

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