Roane officials consider massive school overhaul, consolidation

The Roane County School Board has unveiled another plan that would combine three of its five high schools into one larger school and make improvements to the other two high schools. If approved, Kingston, Harriman and Rockwood High Schools would be consolidated on a new campus near Roane State Community College.

The project would cost around $68 million.

The funding would also go toward improvements at Midway school. Oliver Springs High would reportedly move into the Oliver Springs Middle School building, which would be shared by the two schools.

School leaders and architects from the Lewis Group revealed their plan to County Commissioners and the public during a work session at Roane State Community College on Tuesday.

School officials, according to the Roane County News, said that the new school could be open by 2021.

The paper also reports that the “plan calls for removing present facilities at Ridge View Elementary, Harriman Middle, Roane County High and Oliver Springs High from service. Ridge View will use the present Rockwood High facility, and Harriman Middle will be moved to that nearby high school facility.”

Football fields at the high schools that would be consolidated would be used by the middle schools and the community under the proposal.

Ultimately it will be up to the Roane County Commission to approve funding for the project and those discussions will continue through the spring and beyond.

About Jim Harris

Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:20 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, his mother-in-law and cats Lucius and Oliver.

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