The Dickson County School Board could vote tonight on whether to give up to $400,000 to the town of Burns to pay for construction of a turning lane on Highway 96 at the site of the town’s new park and a proposed middle school. Burns Mayor Landon Mathis has asked the school board to pay for the lane and let Burns keep a $308,000 Tennessee Department of Transportation grant to help pay for development of the park. Mathis has said if the school board doesn’t pay for the turning lane, Burns will consider building additional baseball and softball fields instead of a football field that could be used by a future middle school. School board attorney Jack Garton has drafted an initial agreement under which the school board will pay up to $400,000 for the turning lane and Burns will build a football facility and make space in the park available for the school system to build a soccer field by Jan. 1, 2017. Burns attorney and school board Chairman Tim Potter has suggested that deadline be pushed back to 2020. School officials met last week with county Mayor Bob Rial to discuss a time frame for construction of the new school. Rial asked the board to come back with a list of priorities for when the county is ready to assume more debt for construction projects. The school board has not addressed where it will get the $400,000. It dipped into its reserves to balance the current budget and has asked the county for as much as $750,000 for school safety improvements. Rial has said the county will use savings realized at the end of the last fiscal year to allocate up to $500,000 for the improvements recommended by a special safety review committee. The Burns Board of Commissioners reviewed the proposed agreement with the school board earlier this month and postponed a vote on it until Dec. 2. In 2010 the school board pledged $172,000 for construction of part of the access road to the park and $46,200 for engineering and design work for the turning lane. Burns has obtained a $308,000 TDOT reimbursement grant for the turning lane with a completion deadline of October 2014. The turning lane agreement is on the agenda for tonight’s school board meeting at 7 pm.