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Bedford County School Leaders Deal With Overcrowding

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by Jason Lamb

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – School leaders in Bedford County said they're dealing with overcrowding at Cascade High School.

Plans for a bigger school to help deal with the packed hallways have been in the works for years, but nothing has gotten off the ground yet.

To deal with overcrowding, the Board of Education has Cascade High School on the top of its priorities list -- suggesting a new school be built across the street.

The overcrowding was not limited to indoors -- students routinely have to walk between the school and 10 portables.

However, with no money to pay for a new school right now, the school system's outgoing superintendent said school leaders are going to have to find a way to make a compromise soon.

"We want new schools but we don't want new taxes, so you can't have all of it," said outgoing superintendent Mike Bone.  "We're going to have to find some middle ground somewhere."

The Bedford County Mayor said it could cost up to 24 million dollars to build a new Cascade High School.

The county's Finance committee met last week to discuss whether to build, but no decision has been made.


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