Sullivan County School Board narrows choices for high school/middle school locations

SULLIVAN COUNTY, TN (WJHL) – The Sullivan County School Board has narrowed their choices for a new middle school and high school down to three sites.

Sites located off of Airport Parkway, Lynn Road and State Highway 126, all in Blountville, has been chosen for the top three for a new high school location.

The middle school sites are located off of Weaver Pike and Harrington Hollow Road in Bristol, Thomas Lane and Hamilton Hill Road in Bluff City, and Broyles Lane and State Route 394 in Bristol.

Director of Schools Evelyn Rafalowski said that there were many things that influenced the board to vote for the proposed sites such as location, natural resources, and topography to name a few.

The Director said, “The architect will have spent more time this week examining those properties and making, even more, recommendations to our board.”

Rafalowski said the main objective in the consolidation of the schools is to create a better learning environment that is more adjusted to the needs of students.

She says learning atmosphere has changed and the school system must adapt to those changes.

“In the end, it’s all about the students and that was the statement I made to the commission the other night. This is not about me this is not about you this is about what we want to give our students” said Rafalowski.

The list will be narrowed to one site each for both the middle and high school at a meeting Saturday morning at a 9 a.m. at the Board of Education building.

Monday morning the School Board will present their choice for a middle school and a high school location to the county commission who will the vote for or against the plan.

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