By Collin Brooks
Washington County Mayor Dan Eldridge announced on Thursday during the Washington County Health, Education and Welfare Committee that the county has signed an option on the 15.5 acre McCoy Property which sits adjacent to the current Jonesborough Elementary School and behind the Pal’s that is located on East Jackson Boulevard.
This piece of property has been labeled in the Washington County Board of Education as the future site for an extension onto Jonesborough Elementary, which would then be opened as the Jonesborough K-8.
The option for the 15.5 acre property is $50,000 per acre, which totals $775,000 for the entire parcel.
The Washington County Commission has taken no action to support or disagree with the possibility of building a new Jonesborough K-8. However, during meeting in June the county commission voted for a $0.32 tax increase and part of that was presented as $9.9 million dollars (or 7 cents of the property tax increase) to renovate the Jonesborough Elementary and Jonesborough Middle School from 2017-2019.
Mitch Meredith released documents during the August Budget Committee meeting that has a blueprint for a $30.3 million new K-8 for Jonesborough.