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High school building program talks to be part of board session

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By Damon Lawrence

The Roane County Board of Education is expected to have “discussion of high school building program” during its meeting on Thursday.

That item is listed under new business on the board’s agenda.

The future of the county’s high schools was one of the highlights of a retreat the school board held last month at Roane State Community College. The board met with Lewis Group Architects and went over five scenarios that the firm came up with last year.

Scenario 1 calls for keeping Midway and Oliver Springs and combining Harriman, Roane County High and Rockwood into one new school.

Scenario 2 calls for keeping Midway and building two new schools. The Roane County High district would be split between the two new schools.

Some students would go to a new school with Harriman and Rockwood students and others would go to a new school with Oliver Springs students.

Midway would also remain under Scenario 3, while Oliver Springs, Harriman, Roane County High and Rockwood would be combined into one new school.

Scenario 4 would build two new schools. The Roane County High district would be split between the two new schools. Some students would go to a new school with Oliver Springs, Harriman and Rockwood. Others would go to a new school with Midway students.

Scenario 5 calls for building one new high school to serve the Midway, Oliver Springs, Harriman, Roane County High and Rockwood districts.

Thursday’s school board meeting is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. at the central office building at 105 Bluff Road, Kingston.

The meeting is open to the public.

Vice Chairman Rob Jago said it’s possible the board could take a vote on one of the scenarios.

“It’s on an official meeting,” he said. “I guess it could happen, but there’s still a lot of unanswered questions.”