Greene County school leaders could close two elementary schools

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The Greene County Board of Education will hold a special meeting April 16 to possibly vote on closing two elementary schools.

Leaders will discuss and possibly vote to close Glenwood PK-8 and West Pines K-8. According to a study done by Cooperative Strategies, a group that looks at financial and demographic planning for schools, Glenwood and West Pines have the fewest students enrolled. In 2018-2019, Glenwood had 177 students enrolled. West Pines had 149 students.

The study shows this would be the first step in moving the district to a PK-5 and 6-8 configuration for schools by the 2020-2021 school year.

The Glenwood students would possibly be rezoned to Mosheim, McDonald and DeBusk Elementaries. Rising 5th graders zoned to DeBusk would be given the option to attend Nolachuckey since that school would be a 6-8 middle school starting Fall 2020.

West Pines Students would go to Baileyton, Chuckey or Chuckey Doak Middle Schools. 5th graders in the Baileyton area could choose to attend Ottway, which will also be converted to a middle school by the 2020-2021 school year.

You can see the full presentation for the April 16 meeting below. The special called meeting will be at 6 p.m. at the James W. Parham Central Office Complex.

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