In late 2020, Jim Belgeri offered a proposed public-private partnership called Jericho Partners to build an access road to West Ridge High School. Sullivan County chose to pass.
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Vote on the purchase resolution, which would require County Commission approval, is to come at the 6:30 p.m. Tuesday school board meeting.
The school board voted 7-0 to proceed with buying a purchase option and then exercise it for a cost of less than $300,000, although the whole project could cost up to $6 million and be paid for over time by bonds.
Last week that plan received "no action" votes from the Sullivan County Commission's administrative, executive, and education committees.
Three years ago, then Sullivan County Highway Commissioner Jim Belgeri told county commissioners that a new road to the proposed West Ridge High School, which would be eclipsed in size only by Dobyns-Bennett in Kingsport, was not up for debate.
The proposed private-public partnership for the Jericho Road extension to serve West Ridge High School and another online survey to consider the Sullivan Middle School Raiders may be voted on at Thursday's Sullivan County school board meeting.
The extension of Jericho Road is projected to cost between $3.5 million and $5 million according to Jim Belgeri, a member of Jericho Partners LLC and a former Sullivan County highway commissioner.
Where public entities have failed to build better access to a new Sullivan County high school opening next August, a public-private partnership called Jericho Partners may come to the rescue.
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