The Dickson County School Board and Burns Board of Commissioners plan to get together some time this month to discuss their mutual interest and what alternatives are possible when it comes to funding the completion of the new Burns park on Highway 96. School board Chairman Tim Potter told the board last week that Burns Mayor Landon Mathis wants the two boards to hold a joint work session to discuss the possibility of the school board contributing more dollars to finishing the park next to Stuart-Burns Elementary School and the proposed site of a new middle school. Potter said Mathis had asked about meeting on April 11 but Director of Schools Dr. Danny Weeks said he has a conflict that night. Potter then said he would ask Mathis about the possibility of meeting at 6 pm Thursday, April 18, at the board of education central office. The Burns Board of Commissioners holds it monthly meeting at 7:00 tonight in Burns Town Hall. The board has voted to borrow up to $300,000 to finish the first phase of the park project, which will include four baseball, softball and t-ball fields, a concession stand and restrooms, ADA-compliant sidewalks and a dog park. Future phases of the park project include a larger baseball field and a football field. For a couple of years now the school board and previous Burns administration discussed creating a joint user agreement that would allow the school system to use the fields in the park for athletic programs, thereby keeping the school board from having to include the cost of building the fields in the proposed new middle school. In November 2010, the school board contributed over $172,500 for the construction of a portion of an access road to the park and $46,200 for engineering and design for a turning lane on Highway 96. Jeff Corlew of C&I Design, which prepared the school system’s long-range building program, has told the board that if it has to fund the cost of building a football field for a new middle school, it could plan to add another million dollars to the projected $20 million price tag for the school. Mathis has said several times that the school system will benefit from completion of the park and he hopes board members will be willing to contribute more funds toward its completion. Burns officials have not discussed how they plan to come up with an estimated $300,000 needed to build the proposed turning lane, which will be reimbursed through a Tennessee Department of Transportation grant.