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Roane Commission to vote on consolidation plan

The Roane County Commission is expected to vote Monday on the county system’s proposal to consolidate three of its high schools into one, centralized facility that would be constructed across from Roane County Park on Highway 70.

The proposed consolidation would see Harriman, Rockwood and Kingston High Schools folded into one, 1800-student facility that would be built for an estimated $67 million. Oliver Springs Middle and High Schools, as well as Midway High School, would receive upgrades, as would the current Rockwood High School building, which would become the new home of Ridgeview Elementary School. Harriman High School would be renovated for use as the new middle school and the buildings that currently occupied by Ridgeview Elementary and Roane County High School–most often referred to as Kingston High–would be sold as surplus. The renovations at the various facilities is estimated to carry a price tag of some $7 million.

If approved as proposed, it would require the equivalent of a 23-cent property tax increase in order to provide the funding.

The County Commission and School Board held a joint workshop last week to discuss the proposal. That followed the postponement of a scheduled vote last month. The Roane County Commission will meet Monday night at 7 pm in the Roane County Courthouse in Kingston.

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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