BOARD OF EDUCATION: Site of new school approved

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LEDGER – The Mitchell County Board of Education will move forward with building a new school on the Greene property in Ledger across from the Mitchell County Schools Central Office. 

The Mitchell County Board of Education, at its regular meeting Thursday, Feb. 13, unanimously approved the decision to use the new site. The board during its regular November meeting unanimously approved a decision to move forward with an architectural site study to determine the feasibility of building a new school on the site. 

Superintendent Chad Calhoun said the site studies were all positive and recommended the board approve the new site. 

With the board’s approval, Calhoun and Board Attorney John Henning will now draft a letter to the Mitchell County Commissioners requesting written permission to use the land for a new school. 

Mitchell County purchased the Greene property for $450,000 this past September, claiming the property would be used for the future needs of the county. During a special-called joint meeting between the two boards this past November, the commissioners offered the property to the Board of Education to use as the site of the new school. 

The shift to the Greene property marks the third location change in the new school project’s history – it was initially slated to go on the Mitchell High property where students currently park, but was then changed to a site beside Mitchell High on Ledger School Road. 

With the new site approved, new architectural plans will have to be funded and completed. 

Planning for the new site is expected to begin after the commissioners give official, written permission to the Board of Education to use the county-owned property for the project.