Williamson County Schools superintendent set to propose school closure

FRANKLIN, TN (WSMV) – Williamson County Schools Superintendent Jason Golden announced Tuesday that he plans to recommend a school be closed later this month.

According to the Williamson County Schools website, Golden will recommend the closure of Discovery K-8 Online School at the April 14 business session and April 18 board meeting.

Information about the possible closure was sent Monday to Discovery staff and families. The main reason for the closure was that there were not enough students to attend.

Initially, WCS officials said they created Discovery K-8 a year ahead of schedule because the state of Tennessee required a fully online school rather than an online learning program for the 2021- 22.

While the school year began in the fall of 2021 with over 350 students at Discovery, just over 80 students have now committed to the school for the 2022-23 school year. However, Golden said the numbers continued to drop due to many students opting to return to a traditional school setting rather than online.

WCS district officials said they will help work with staff members for internships in the upcoming school year. Parents were also encouraged to work with Discovery Director Dr. Kari Miller if they needed support or guidance.

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