Saturday, May 15, 2021
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White Co. BOE Considering Business Pitch For Central View School

The White County Board of Education was approached by two businessmen expressing interest in using the school system’s vacant Central View Elementary School.

Dean Teasley and Emmet Bear came to the board Thursday wanting to host a gun show at the building. Chairman Jayson McDonald said he is interested in the proposition.

“I would be open to anything at this point,” McDonald said. “The building is sitting vacant, and I think it is an asset of that community. And, I would like to see it be used at some point in some way.”

Teasley said the two are looking for a yearly rental agreement to host six events. The Board of Education decided to schedule a special called meeting on April 15th at 5:00 p.m. to gauge members’ interests and conduct a walk through of the vacant school.

“We went out and looked at it,” Teasley said. “Beautiful building with a lot of potential, and I think it would be beneficial to the community. Not only to other parts of the county, but especially to that area up there.”

The school located just south of Shady Grove was closed in 2018 as a financial decision for the system. The building currently has no electricity and water.

In other business, temperature checks at all White County schools will no longer be required. The move comes after TSSAA removed temperature checks as a requirement to enter sporting events.

Director of Schools Kurt Dronebarger said during the meeting that he recommends the school system take the same approach. The Board of Education unanimously approved it.