Rumors Flying About Monteagle Elementary Closing

Monteagle Elementary School... Photo by Barry West

Monteagle Elementary School… Photo by Barry West

Rumors are flying on the mountain that Monteagle Elementary a Pre-K through 8th grade school will be closed by the Marion County school system. Director of schools for Marion County, Mark Griffith says the system is doing a study on if it would be cost effective to the county/system to make it a true elementary setting like schools in the system, going with K-5th grade.
The town is basically split between Marion and Grundy counties and very small portion of Franklin County and only has the one school to serve nearly 400 students. The director says if they find it cost effective, they 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. There are no middle schools in Grundy County, only K-8 and one high school. A decision will be made after the study is complete.