Which comes first: a football field or a middle school? The Dickson County School Board continues to wrestle with a request from the town of Burns to fund a turning lane on Highway 96 at the site of a new park and the potential location for a new middle school. The current plans for the new Burns Municipal Park include a football field and space for a soccer field. But Burns Mayor Landon Mathis has said if the school board does not provide about $400,000 to build a turning lane, the town will consider scrapping the football and soccer fields in favor of more baseball and softball fields, which he says will bring more revenue to the town. But school board members are hesitant to commit money to the turning lane until they know for sure that a middle school will be built. Chairman Tim Potter told board members Thursday night that attorney Jack Garton has drafted a joint user agreement to provide for the school system’s use of the athletic facilities at the Burns park, but Potter said he is still reviewing the proposal and was not prepared to present it to the board. Potter has interests on both sides of the discussion as he is the chairman of the school board but also attorney for the town of Burns. Garton is the school board’s attorney but also a former mayor of Burns. Potter again said Thursday night that it is time to involve Mayor Bob Rial in the discussions to find out what kind of commitment the county can make on when a new middle school might be built. Rial has said the county’s debt situation should improve enough by 2018 to begin considering elements of the school system’s building program. Potter said there also is the possibility that if Burns does not provide a football field or space for a soccer field on its property, there will be enough room on the school property to include both facilities. But Mathis has said it makes more sense for the school system to spend $400,000 on a turning lane now, rather than more than $1 million later to build its own football field. The question remained unresolved at Thursday’s board meeting but Potter said he might consider calling a special session to decide about the user agreement early next month. The Burns Board of Commissioners is expected to review its revised layout for the fields at the new park at its Nov. 4 meeting.