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Hamilton Co. school board members and commissioners discuss new action plan

Improving Hamilton County schools facilities. It's a topic that continues to be discussed by commissioners and school board members. (Image: WTVC)

Improving Hamilton County schools facilities. It's a topic that continues to be discussed by commissioners and school board members.

Thursday, Commissioner Tim Boyd presented a comprehensive action plan.

The focus of the plan is to provide several upgrades to deteriorating schools in the county.

One of those is CSLA.

Commissioner Tim Boyd believes budget cuts throughout the county could fix that.

"I put forth an action plan. Now is it going to be palatable to everyone? No," Boyd said.

In the plan, Boyd recognizes CSLA needs a new facility, but understands it's not at the top of the school board's list.

Instead, he's proposing the students at CSLA relocate into Dalewood Middle.

Then, the students at Dalewood would combine with the kids at Brainerd High, which are two of the county's iZone schools.

Something school board Tiffanie Robinson says won't work.

"Unfortunately that's not a real solution," she said. "We can't merge two iZone schools together. The state will not be happy about that."

Commissioner Greg Martin says it's always a good thing when people start making suggestions.

Martin and Robinson both appreciate the work Boyd put into this action plan.

But, Martin says the decision to relocate CSLA ultimately comes down to one entity.

"I think it's something the school board will have to make a decision on. That's not really the preview of county government or the county commission," he said.

Robinson doesn't believe it's that clear cut.

"There's a number of the pieces of the plan that frankly don't have anything to do with the school system. It's about the county really thinking through where they are putting their money and whether they can allocate more to the school system," she said.

Right now, the school board has a fund balance of about $43 million. Robinson says the board plans to use that money to update some of the school's facilities.

The Hamilton County School Board will discuss this proposal at their next finance committee meeting, and also at the board meeting on April 20th.


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