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New Sullivan County high school design plan highlights CTE programs

Sullivan County school leaders approved the design for the new high school. The new school is part of the county's $140 million plan that's been in the works for years.

The focus of the new high school is on Career Technical Education (CTE) programs and getting students ready for the workforce.

The new school will be 283,000 square feet, meant to serve 1,700 students. This will replace three schools: Sullivan North, South and Central. Last year, the school board approved the location for this new school. It will be on Lynn Road near the airport.

On Monday night, school leaders agreed on the latest design plan. School board chairman Michael Hughes said the new school will have a very modern look.

The building will include CTE classes spread throughout the high school. Hughes said some of those CTE classes will even count as credit at Northeast State Community College so students can graduate not only with their high school diploma, but also an associate's degree.

"We recognize and realize that not every student will go to college and there's a need in the labor market for people who are job-ready," Hughes said. "Whether it's welding, electricity, cosmetology, robotics, we want to graduate those students that will be ready to be hired right out of high school."

As for the new middle school, which is the other half of the county's plan, there will be a groundbreaking on Friday at noon. The middle school will be on Weaver Pike, just down the road from Sullivan East.

Hughes said everything is on schedule for both schools. The middle school is set to open in 2019. The high school will open in 2020.


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