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Sullivan BOE unanimous in naming remodeled school Ketron Elementary

January 4th, 2012 3:54 am by Rain Smith




BLOUNTVILLE — A new Ketron Elementary School is opening in the Bloomingdale community this fall.


And the “school within a school” middle school housed at Sullivan North High School may be called North Middle School, at least if the logic of Sullivan County Board of Education member Jim Kiss of Bloomingdale has any sway with fellow board members.


The BOE voted 7-0 Monday night to endorse the recommendation of Director of Schools Jubal Yennie on naming the former Ketron Intermediate School.


However, the board voted to seek community input and a Facilities Committee recommendation before naming the grades 6-8 middle school at North, which is set for the school board’s February meeting. The Facilities Committee is to meet at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 19 at the central office in Blountville.


Kiss, whose district includes part of the North zone, said it would be much easier, and likely less expensive, to call the school North Middle School. He said since eighth-graders were shifted there, they have used North Golden Raider colors and uniforms and fall under the liability insurance and other provisions of the Tennessee Secondary Schools Athletic Association. He said replacing all those sports uniforms to another name would be expensive, as would going from black and gold to the Ketron blue and white even if the name remained North.


“If you give another name to this middle school, they won’t be able to operate under the North umbrella,” Kiss said.

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