School Board to Hold Public Hearing on Marion School Attendance Boundaries

The Smyth County School Board will hold a public comment session during the January 14, 2013 meeting to receive feedback from the community on two proposed options for dividing the current Marion attendance area into attendance areas for Marion Elementary School and Oak Point Elementary School. The options being considered are presented below.

The current Marion attendance area has to be divided because Marion Elementary School and the new Oak Point Elementary School will both serve students in prekindergarten through grade 5 beginning in Fall 2013. Currently Marion Primary School, which will be renamed Marion Elementary, serves students in prekindergarten through grade 2. Marion Intermediate School serves Marion area students in grades 3-5.

Maps showing details of the proposed attendance areas are on display at Marion Primary School, Marion Intermediate School, and the school board office at 121 Bagley Circle, Suite 300, Marion. You can also access online versions of these maps below. Questions may be directed to Jeffrey Cassell, Assistant Superintendent for Administration, at 276-783-3791.

OPTION A

From south, the attendance boundary is west of Route 16 and west of Currin Valley area to the intersection of Route 16 and Interstate 81, then the boundary is Route 16 (Commerce Street) to Main Street, crosses Main Street, and follows Commerce Street to the intersection with the Holston River, then follows the river west to the Golf Course, then follows a line north generally following Hungry Mother Creek and then crossing Greenwood Road and Walkers Creek Road near their intersections with Gailliot Vista Drive.

Option A Detailed Map1

OPTION B

From south, the attendance boundary is east of Route 16 and east of the Dry Run area to the intersection of Route 16 and Interstate 81, then follows the interstate to where Scratch Gravel Road comes under the interstate, then crosses Severt Street at the bottom of Severt Hill, crosses the cemetery and the undeveloped Peake property, crosses Main Street at the Marion Town Police building, intersects the Holston River, then follows the river east to the intersection with Church Street, then follows Church Street north to Chilhowie Street, then follows Chilhowie Street west to Hungry Mother Creek, then follows a line north generally following Hungry Mother Creek and then crossing Greenwood Road and Walkers Creek Road at near their intersections with Gailliot Vista Drive.

Option B Detailed Map1

1The Option A and Option B Detailed Maps are in PDF format. To view them, you will need a PDF reader, such as the free Adobe Acrobat Reader. Please be patient when you click the Detailed Map links; each map is nearly 8 megabytes in size, and can take a few minutes to download over a slow Internet connection. Once you have the map files downloaded, you can open them and zoom in to view more details.