The new West Ridge High School, a merger of Sullivan North and South high schools and much or all of Sullivan Central high, is to open in August of 2021.
The Sullivan County school board chairman says the pandemic hasn’t slowed the project, which was already delayed a year by rainy weather.
The other top five choices were residential electricity, automation and programming, business management and machine tool.
A second online survey to start in February is to help choose nine or 10 vocational programs out of a list of 12 finalists. The first survey completed recently narrowed the field from 20 semi-finalists to 12 finalists.
Kingsport’s city limits include the section of road where the Sullivan County high school will have its main entrance, and the city requires such a study.
West Ridge High School is scheduled to be complete in time for the start of the 2021-2022 school year.
Kingsport requires an impact study before any improvements are made to serve the new West Ridge High School, Sullivan County’s school off Exit 63 of Interstate 81 near Tri-Cities Airport.
The more than $65 million project sits on 115 acres, of which about 80 are part of the active construction site. The building is almost 300,000 square feet.
Dineen West says Sullivan East Middle School on track to open in January, while West Ridge High set to open in August of 2021.
It’s a shame that the school board has to put up with these childish antics. And it’s a further shame that instead of helping build confidence and support for the newest and largest high school the county has built, commissioners are continuing to undermine it.
Folks on both sides of the issue readily say the commission resolution is not binding on the school board. What’s more, the school board chairman Friday said a vote to honor the delay might in and of itself break the law by violating a contract and cost countywide taxpayers more money.
The head of the seven-member Sullivan County school board says he doesn’t believe that body would agree to delay construction of the new West Ridge High School, even if the County Commission next month passed a resolution requesting the delay.
In an at times terse discussion, Sullivan County commissioners debated asking the Sullivan County Board of Education to halt work of West Ridge High School’s construction until the BOE can prove they have the money to finish both that school and the new middle school in the East zone.
The contract is for $56,000. In exchange, Atmos will install 6,334 feet of four-inch line to the school property
The seven-member Board of Education also went into an hour and 45 minute executive session with board attorney Pat Hull and Nashville attorney Chuck Cagle to discuss a potential lawsuit against the County Commission for not allowing the board to spend $1 million in restricted reserves on a sewer line project for Sullivan East Middle School.