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Sullivan County Board of Education moving closer to facilities plan

October 30th, 2013 11:25 pm by Rick Wagner

Sullivan County Board of Education moving closer to facilities plan

BLOUNTVILLE — Sullivan County school leaders are moving closer to a long-range plan for facilities.

Director of Schools Jubal Yennie is still tweaking a proposed request for qualifications (RFQ) to do a comprehensive facilities study for the system. But he plans to have the document done in time for consideration and approval by the Board of Education at its 6:30 p.m. regular monthly meeting Monday at central office.

During a BOE work session Wednesday afternoon, board members gave input on the draft plan Yennie recently gave them.

The RFQs would be due by Dec. 2, with interviews of the top two or three candidates by the board likely Jan. 8, 9 and 10 and a decision on which candidate to use a little later in the new year.

The final report would be due in August 2014, which means any recommendations likely would not be implemented until the 2015-16 school year.

The objective of the plan, as explained in the draft document, is seeking “consultants to develop a new comprehensive facilities master plan.” 

While the study is being done, the 10,500-student system — which has been losing students steadily — has taken off the table a controversial proposal to merge Sullivan North and South high schools into one building, use the other as a middle school and close two middle schools.

For an expanded version of this article, please see Thursday’s print edition or our expanded electronic edition.

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