By Max Hrenda
Although Range Elementary School’s doors will not close for good until May 24, the county school system has already found places for most of its staff, students and equipment.
Carter County Director of Schools Kevin Ward outlined the aftermath of the Range closing to the county’s Financial Management Committee and members of the public on Wednesday morning.
Range’s student body will be absorbed into Central Elementary. And the school’s teachers and principal?
Ward announced he and his staff had managed to find jobs for them within the system, rather than putting them out of work.
“We’re already looking at putting those people in places of people who are retiring,” Ward said. “We do have enough retirees where we could absorb all of those positions. That’s very good to say.”
While Range’s eight instructors will retain their positions, Ward said he and his staff are still searching for positions for the school’s support staff.
“There are two aides, one janitor, three kitchen people and one secretary,” Ward said. “We’re working hard to try to secure, through attrition, work for these people.”