Greene County school board back to the drawing board, considering two school consolidation

GREENE COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) - The Greene County School Board is back to drawing board after the four school consolidation plan was voted down on Monday, but will be considering a two school consolidation plan for this upcoming September meeting.

Tonight's School Board meeting did not address school consolidation alternatives. However, School Board Chairman Rick Tipton says there are tentative ideas based off feedback from the commissioners and Greeneville residents.

"The next plan that the board needs to think about starting in September is the possibility of doing two high schools that's been pandering around by the commission and the board," said Rick Tipton, School Board Chairman.

The school board would also like to take resident feedback, look at studies, and re-assess their current school buildings.

Another consideration is that the number of declining student enrollment means that there will be less government funding for the schools and that any improvements made in the future would need additional funding.

"Which would mean some form of tax," said Tipton. 

The next school board meeting will be on September 27th at 5:30 in the James W. Parham Central Office.

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