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Board Decision: Primary and intermediate schools to take place of elementary schools

TAZEWELL, VA (WVVA) Two Tazewell County schools are now the new primary and intermediate schools. In the Monday school board meeting, a vote decided the fates of North Tazewell and Tazewell Elementary schools. The crowded room of concerned parents, educators, and community members, the school board listened to speakers and their concerns about the split.

Heather Johnson’s children attend Tazewell Elementary. She’s concerned with the long bus ride and the communication about the split. “It makes me wonder what else will be done without properly notifying the community,” says Johnson.

During the meeting, board members did address the communication issue. However, board members also announced this decision to split the schools has occurred over the last year or so.

“They couldn’t even give us a ten months notice,” says Chris Kiser. As a parent and active little league coach, Kiser says it’s hard on the younger kids to adjust after they’ve become accustomed to their current surroundings.

However, Irene Mullins with the Tazewell County School Board says research from across the Commonwealth has shown the positive results of having primary and intermediate schools.

“The main reason for this, because it is something good for the children,” says Mullins.

During the vote, Mullins also brought up how whether the split happened tonight (Monday) or next year, it would happen. Although some parents still oppose to the split, say they would be less upset had they received notice prior to the vote.

With the motion passing, North Tazewell is the intermediate school and Tazewell is the primary school. The schools will take those names for the upcoming 2019-2020 school year.

Ashley Smith

Multimedia Journalist

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