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September School board meeting to center on Shady

By Meg Dickens

The Johnson County School Board is now set to discuss Shady’s future, hear from the public, and discuss possible steps to save the school at its September meeting.
Expected numbers are above the meeting room’s capacity so the conference will be held at Heritage Hall Theatre on Thursday, September 12 at 6 pm. The School Board is staying relatively silent about the upcoming meeting.
“All I can tell you is that it’s a board decision,” said Director of School Mischelle Simcox when asked for a comment. “The meeting will be held at Heritage Hall at 6:00 pm and Shady is on the agenda.
The region has been abuzz since the Johnson County School Board’s called meeting on Thursday, June 13, which led to Shady Valley Elementary becoming a K-5 institution for the 2019-2020 school year and public outrage.
Advocate Ashley Worlock called a meeting of her own at Shady Valley on Friday, July 26 to garner community support to fight against the Board’s decision. Public outcry has caught the attention of multiple news outlets and possibly the state of Tennessee; currently, there has been no contact from the state. Now Shady Valley Elementary is facing possible closure.
“The state can easily come along and say Johnson County you have no choice,” said School Board Chairman Howard Carlton at the
August board meeting. “The more public this becomes, the more pressure that is coming down on us to make a decision.”
Concerned parents met at Raceway Restaurant on Monday, August 26 to discuss strategy. They plan to petition the Johnson County School Board to form an exploratory committee, which will pursue options that they believe would be beneficial.
Stay updated on community actions on the Shady Valley Community Watch Facebook page @ShadyValley421.
All concerned parties are welcome to attend the Johnson County School Board meeting. Any media coverage must be approved by Heritage Hall Theatre Director of Risk Management Chase McGlamery. Keep an eye out for more details in the Wednesday, September 18, edition of The Tomahawk.