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Yennie: Innovation Academy shuttle buses likely to be Central, North activity buses

June 14th, 2014 7:23 pm by Rick Wagner

Yennie: Innovation Academy shuttle buses likely to be Central, North activity buses

BLOUNTVILLE — Innovation Academy of Northeast Tennessee shuttle buses for the 2014-15 school year likely will be activity buses from Sullivan Central or North high schools.

And that's even if school booster groups helped fund the buses, school system officials said.

During Wednesday night's Board of Education work session, BOE member Todd Broughton asked if the athletic directors at North and Central — the only two county high schools with activities buses — were on board with the county school system using the activity buses for IA shuttle buses.

After all, Broughton said, in some cases the buses likely were funded in part by a booster group or club.

Director of Schools Jubal Yennie said that booster funding likely was true in some circumstances since booster organizations help school athletic and other programs and that the system last year offered each school $15,000 to buy an additional activities bus, but only Central and North did that. East and South high schools don't have activities buses, he said.

School system Finance Director Leslie Bonner said any items purchased by a booster group in the name of a school belong to the school.

Broughton suggested the booster groups get a "vote" on IA use of the buses, but board member Robyn Ivester said that would set a bad precedent.

Yennie said that the school principals discussed the matter with their school athletic directors and found no problems with the proposal.

"We didn't twist anybody's arms," Yennie said.

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

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