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Sullivan County BOE: All options on table for consultant’s study

October 23rd, 2013 9:10 pm by Rick Wagner

Sullivan County BOE: All options on table for consultant’s study

BLOUNTVILLE — When it comes to a pending consultant’s study of the future of Sullivan County schools, no sacred cows means even consolidation of the county and Kingsport school systems might be considered and recommended.

Kingsport officials in 2009 proposed assuming control of some county schools since the city system needs more space and the county has excess space. The city has grown to about 7,000 students, while the county has fallen to about 10,500. Voters have soundly defeated consolidated government referendums twice.

But Sullivan County school leaders said they are looking for an open-ended study and recommendations on county and Kingsport facilities, as well as demographics and education programs specific to the county.

However, school board members and others at a work session Wednesday also said that the study by a paid planning group must take into consideration annexation and its impact on school systems.

The work session focused on an RFQ or request for qualifications for a planning and consulting firm to address the three designated areas and come up with recommendations to the school system.

Read more in the Thursday print edition of the Times-News or in the expanded electronic edition. 

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