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City, county schools overlap on three facilities studies applicants

January 10th, 2014 11:16 pm by Rick Wagner

City, county schools overlap on three facilities studies applicants

BLOUNTVILLE — Sullivan County and Kingsport school systems are considering three of the same consultant teams as finalists to do facilities studies.

Both systems put out requests for qualifications for their facilities studies — the city’s a straightforward school building condition report and the county’s a comprehensive facilities, programming and demographics study to include community input and facilities recommendations that could include closing, merging or reconfiguring school buildings.

The three that overlapped are Olympia, Wash.-based MGT of America partnering with Studio Four Design of Knoxville; Red Chair Architects of Knoxville; and Cope Architects of Knoxville.

MGT was listed as the lead on the county RFQ, while Studio Four was listed as the lead on the city RFQ.

The county school board Jan. 9 interviewed MGT and Studio Four officials, along with officials from Dublin, Ohio-based DeJong Richter and partner HBA Architecture Interior Design of Virginia Beach, Va.

A city school system group, which did not include any school board members, the same day interviewed Studio Four and MGT and Knoxville-based Red Chair Architects, while on Friday city school officials interviewed Cope Associates architects of Knoxville, Kingsport-based Beeson, Lusk, Street Architects and Kaatz, Binkley, Jones, Morris Architects Inc. of Mount Juliet, Tenn., near Nashville.

The county school board will interview Red Chair and Cope officials starting at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, and have a discussion about the four afterward before a called school board meeting 5 p.m. Jan. 15. At that time, the board could vote to narrow the field of four or pick one team with which to negotiate price, Sullivan County Director of Schools Jubal Yennie said.

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