Bolton High could become agricultural magnet school

ARLINGTON, Tenn. -- Surrounding Bolton High School near Arlington are fields. The high school's history is rooted in agriculture, and that's something Shelby County Commissioner David Reaves believes should be highlighted.

"We've watched over the past two or three years since the merger and de-merger the population of Bolton High diminish."

On Wednesday, Commissioner Reaves presented the idea of a turning Bolton High into an agricultural magnet school. He said the school could partner with the state and TCAT.

"Coming up with a dual enrollment program that would really give children the ability to get college credit in high school that very specifically deals with a life of agriculture."

Linda Wylie's granddaughter attends Bolton.

"I've always said a lot of kids need hands on stuff you know with their book learning."

Commissioner Reaves said Bolton High could act like a magnet pulling in students from surrounding communities including Tipton County."

"Fayette, Lauderdale so it could be a cool concept."

While the concept might be in its infancy, Reaves said eventually it would be larger than Bolton--working with urban food deserts in Memphis as well.

"In those communities distribute that food to the neediest and just try to create a concept where they don't have to rob and steal for food."

Reaves will now talk to Shelby County Schools and the Agricenter about turning this concept into a reality.