KINGSPORT — Kingsport school leaders Thursday night delayed a decision until at least mid-month on whether to allow selected Sullivan County students in the Lynn Garden area to start or continue attending two city elementary schools tuition free.
At issue is a group of 59 kindergarten through fifth-grade county students living in a targeted annexation area of Lynn Garden and attending Kennedy and Roosevelt elementary schools, plus at least one additional rising kindergarten student to attend Kennedy in August.
Since a 1986 agreement between the city and county school systems was rescinded by both sides last year, the Kingsport Board of Education decided to address the issue on an annual basis, and Thursday night was the annual review time.
BOE President Randy Montgomery suggested, and the board agreed, to delay a decision until the board could get a good idea of when the city might annex the students in question.
He said the BOE could vote on the matter during a called meeting after the May 17 work session or at the June 7 regular meeting.
Montgomery said options would be to continue the current tuition waiver for all county students in the annexation area; continue it only for those already enrolled in K-5 but allow no more; or force all the county students to pay tuition or leave the system.
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