ROGERSVILLE — Rogersville Middle School Principal Jim Ailshie told the Hawkins County Commission on Monday that his pupils and staff deserve educational resources and facilities equitable to the rest of the school system.
He added, however, that requests through proper channels for certain maintenance repairs and upgrades, particularly in student restrooms, have not been addressed.
Ailshie, who is in his second year as RMS principal, said he felt the County Commission should know some of the problems he is dealing with, including a lack of hot water, toilet paper dispensers and hand towel dispensers in some of the restrooms.
With 520 students and 65 employees, RMS is one of the most populated schools in the Hawkins County system. But it is also one of the oldest facilities, and it wasn’t included in the three phases of building improvements and construction that Hawkins County schools have undergone over the past 15 years.
“I’d like for our students and our teachers to be on a level playing field as other schools within our county,” Ailshie told the commission Monday. “I think they deserve that. We’re here to serve our children, and I think you all would agree with that.”
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