County’s alternative school may be moved

Posted 8/11/17

The Bradley County Schools system is looking at moving its alternative school, GOAL Academy, into a church later this year.

The Bradley County Board of Education on Thursday gave Director of …

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County’s alternative school may be moved


The Bradley County Schools system is looking at moving its alternative school, GOAL Academy, into a church later this year.

The Bradley County Board of Education on Thursday gave Director of Schools Dr. Linda Cash the OK to discuss a possible lease with Westmore Church of God.

“This would be so we could put GOAL up for sale,” school board Chairman Rodney Dillard said.

GOAL Academy is one of the educational offerings set to be located in the new Partnerships in Education and Industry Innovation Center, or the PIE Center. This will be in the old American Uniform building off Parker Street, which the school system recently purchased.

The school system is planning to sell the current GOAL Academy on Sunset Drive, and the lease with the church provide space for the school while it is up for sale.

“We’ve been looking for quite a while ... and think Westmore Church of God would work well,” Cash said.

Any lease agreement would outline which specific parts of the church would be used by students and staff, as well as the cost. The proposed lease agreement would then be presented to the school board for its approval.

The GOAL Academy building will not be put up for sale until students and staff have a new place to go, said Cash. She added it “would be fall break before any move would take place.” 

The vote to have the director look into the lease was unanimous, with all seven board members present.

Board members also voted unanimously for a couple of other matters related to the PIE Center.

The board voted to allow the director to proceed with lease negotiations with companies and organizations seeking space in the facility.

In addition to GOAL Academy, the center will eventually have large learning spaces for career and technical education offerings. To help students learning CTE skills, the school system also plans to rent space to companies which would be willing to work with students.

These companies would set up shop, do at least part of their work there and offer students internship or part-time work opportunities.

Cash said she will work with legal counsel to create a “master lease” which all tenants would have to sign.

The board also voted to hire David Hudson of Chattanooga architectural firm Artech Design Group to design the building.

Hudson had spoken to the board Tuesday, and Cash said then that he had created some conceptual drawings with school officials at no cost. Some of these drawings had been shared with the board during early discussions of the facility.

Dillard also announced the official creation of a committee which will study the school system’s health insurance options and costs.

Board member Amanda Lee will chair this committee. It will also include Bradley County Schools human resource director Sara Crispin and other school system employees.




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