BRISTOL, Tenn. — Sullivan County school board members say they are getting ready to turn the old Kingsley Elementary School building back over to the county, but not before potential reuses — including apartments — are explored.
Director of Schools Jubal Yennie on Thursday told the Board of Education’s Facilities Committee that Terry Cunningham, director of the Kingsport Housing Authority, would tour Kingsley at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 26.
Yennie invited county commissioners and school board members on the tour, which Yennie said would look at the viability of transforming the building into something similar to the Washington Apartments in the old Washington School building near downtown Kingsport.
Kingsley, in the heart of the Bloomingdale community adjacent to Emory Lane, and other Bloomingdale elementary schools closed when the new Ketron Elementary opened for the 2012-13 school year. Kingsley remains under the oversight of the Board of Education.
Meanwhile, Board of Education member Todd Broughton said he is upset a frequently used outside basketball court was removed from a Kingsley playground without knowledge or permission of the school board, and school board Chairman Dan Wells agreed the matter should have gone through the Facilities Committee.
“The basketball courts were torn down,” Broughton said during Thursday’s work session held at the Akard Service Center, formerly Akard Elementary, just west of Bristol. “That’s a perfectly good basketball court that was destroyed.”
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