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|Public Input to be Sought on Knoxville Elementary School Expansion
|The Knoxville School Board will be taking their expansion plans to the public for their opinions and thoughts. The board decided at a special meeting Wednesday night to bring multiple plans for the expansion of Mable Woolsey Elemantary School to the public to hear, if and how, to expand the school which one teacher already called, "busting at the seams."
The board received plans from their district architect on possible expansion possibilities. Two of the plans provide four classrooms, a multi-purpose room, a teachers workspace, and restrooms, and one of the plans has the ability to be expanded on later. The other plan has those same expansion ideas but with only two classrooms added.
School board member Darcy Thorp says during a tour of the school before the meeting, she noticed a lack of space in the special education facilities. Thorp tells WGIL that area wasn't the only area of concern for her.
"The main concern was the (Title 1 Classrooms), and how cramped the children are in there," Thorp said. "Our (Learning Disabled) room, how cramped that is. And, of course, looking at the numbers for kindergarten, and the numbers are growing in the other grades as well. We're going to have classes next year with 26, 27 students in a class. How is a teacher actually going to be able to eeffectively teach all those students in one classroom?"
The board will hear the public's opinion and grant tours of Mabel Woosley at a special meeting on Tuesday, April 14th, beginning at 7pm. The public will also have the opportunity to review expansion plans and see what the eventual cost of the projects will be.
|04 01 09 by Newsroom
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