RITCHIE SCHOOLS EXPLORING CLOSING ELLENBORO COMMUNITY SCHOOL – Roane Could Consolidate Reedy Longtime “Success” School

Ritchie County’s school officials are exploring closing or consolidating Ellenboro Elementary School.

The consolidation includes possibly moving third, fourth, and fifth graders from the elementary school into the middle and high school building.

The other possibility is simply closing Ellenboro all together.

Parents say younger kids will not do well in an older student setting, and feel the Ritchie County School Board could be doing more to help their community.

“It is just not an environment for them to be in,” said Jane Wilson.

“And it’s just, the citizens of Ritchie County are fed up with the lies and deception,” she said.

School board members say Ritchie County cannot afford four elementary schools, which is why they are considering an Ellenboro closing.

Roane Schools is exploring the possibility of closing Reedy Elementary School, the county’s only longtime high achieving school. Students would be sent to Spencer Elementary.