The Hawkins County Board of Education may soon begin considering recommendations regarding an economic study that said more than $3 million could be saved by closing its two smallest schools permanently and by reducing the overall teaching staff by 20.
An independent economic study states that the Hawkins County school system would save more than $1.3 million annually by closing Keplar and McPheeters Bend elementary schools, as well as another $1.2 million by canceling their one-time facility projects.
“What I can tell you without precluding anything I tell the board is there's going to be two options on the table they (board members) can weigh” — Director of Schools Matt Hixson
“He's going to have to go to a new school. That timeline itself — we're having this discussion three weeks before school starts. That is not just wrong, it's immoral to do that to these kids. It's completely wrong.” Keplar parent Justin Mowell