Board votes to ax Range, long-range proposal

10:00 am | April 19, 2013

Although the county school board voted to close one school, it rejected a plan that would have closed more.

Photo by Brandon HicksJake Denney shares his frustration with the school board's decision to close Range Elementary. Denney suggested that the board 'trim the fat' from the system's administrative body, rather than the schools.

Photo by Brandon Hicks
Jake Denney shares his frustration with the school board’s decision to close Range Elementary. Denney suggested that the board ‘trim the fat’ from the system’s administrative body, rather than the schools.

On Thursday, the Carter County Board of Education voted to close Range Elementary. A short time later, the board vetoed a plan from the county’s Long-Range Facilities Planning Team that would have reduced the number of schools in the system by nearly half.

After more than a month of deliberation, discussion, and protest, the final decision on the school’s fate came quickly.
Director of Schools Kevin Ward formally repeated his earlier recommendation to close range Range to the board and a crowd of community members in attendance.

“At this point in time, I recommend that we close Range Elementary, and plan on looking to transport those kids to Central Elementary next year,” Ward said. “We have plenty of room and resources (at Central) to give them a quality education.”

Ward initially made the recommendation to close Range during a school board workshop on March 6. Since that time, Ward has maintained that closing the school will help the school system’s budget sustain itself from year to year.

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