A call to Director of Schools in Marion County, Mark Griffith, resulted in reassurances that Monteagle School was not closing. However, the school board and the county is looking at feasibility of making Monteagle a K-5 school This would allow students in grades 6 -8 to attend middle school and have more preparation for high school. It may also be more cost effective. Below is a copy of the letter Griffith sent to the Mayor of Monteagle addressing the rumors.
Thank you so much for the phone call this morning regarding the future of Monteagle Elementary. I would like to clarify a few things regarding the situation. We are currently starting to look at classrooms throughout Marion County schools to see if they are cost effective. Monteagle Elementary is a Pre-K through 8 school as you well know and we are doing a study on if it would be cost effective to the county/system to make it a true elementary setting like Whitwell Elementary and Jasper Elementary. By doing this analysis and find that it is cost effective, we would actually be requesting that Grundy County educate the students an equal amount of years with Marion County six (6) years verses six (6). But if the analysis showed that maintaining the current status is what is best for all involved then it would not make sense to “shave off” the 6,7, and 8 grades. The topic of possible closure is not at all suggested for one reason I do not like the idea of busing small children down the mountain and for the second reason we are at full capacity in all of the valley schools. We do not have the room to do such. We would have to undergo a massive capital project at both SPES and JES to house the students. I hope this clears up any confusion that might be out there. Please feel free to contact me at anytime.
Mark A. Griffith
Director of Schools Marion County