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|Parents Continue to Question Knoxville School Expansion Plans
|The Knoxville School Board may be no closer to their decision to expand a local school than they were just two weeks ago.
The District-202 board Tuesday night held a public forum to discuss the possible expansion of Mable Woolsey Elementary School. The meeting was attended by parents, teachers, and concerned residents who wanted to know more about how the school board had planned on eliminating an overcrowding problem at the school.
The group heard about three specific plans for possible expansion. District Architect Bob Johnson says the plans are fairly similar with four new classrooms, a multi-purpose room, restrooms, and teachers workspaces; but he says one of the plans can't be expanded upon.
Johnson says students at the school currently face a space issue. "There's about 33,000 square feet in the building. With an enrollment of 403, that boils down to about 81.9 squarre feet per student," Johnson said. "We're proposing to add somewhere around 11,000 square feet to the building -- and, divided by the enrollment, (that makes) around 109 square feet per student."
Parents and other members of the community had many concerns with the possible expansion. Some wanted to know why this problem seemed like it came from nowhere and others criticized the board for terrible public relations with the community saying they "were not up front with the public."
Some supported the expansion saying that the board needs to put the children's education first and agreed that space was needed within the school. The Knoxville school board may take a vote on the expansion at their next meeting April 22nd.
|04 14 09 by Newsroom
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