Site of new school could change again

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Board of education, commissioners have special joint meeting to discuss possible new location

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

The board made the decision official by a unanimous vote during its regular meeting Thursday, Nov. 21, at the recommendation of Superintendent Chad Calhoun. 

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. At the time, Mitchell County Commissioner Jeff Harding mentioned the site could potentially be used for a new school, but added negotiations between the two boards had not yet begun. 

The Board of Education and Board of Commissioners had a special joint meeting Monday, Nov. 25, but results were not available at press time. 

The site study is expected to take about a month. 

If the Board of Education officially changes the site to the Greene property, it will mark 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. 

Board of Education Chair Brandon Pitman expressed his desire to see the study begin soon. 

“We want to keep this moving along,” Pitman said. “We don’t want to delay it any longer.”