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Sullivan County BOE mulls closing schools for election days

March 29th, 2014 7:59 pm by Rick Wagner

Sullivan County BOE mulls closing schools for election days

BLOUNTVILLE — Sullivan County's school board appears split on the issue of having polling places at schools open on election day.

But it really has no choice except to call off school on election days, something a proposed change in Tennessee law would mandate.

Ten county schools are polling places in Sullivan County, and Director of Schools Jubal Yennie said schools are to be in session for the May, August and November elections this calendar year.

During a work session March 27, Board of Education member Todd Broughton said that the school board might want to consider in future calendars not having school on election days for safety issues.

However, BOE member Randall Jones said that would take away three good "teaching days" from the school year and suggested the board might want to put the Election Commission on notice schools might not be available for future elections.

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