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|Mabel Woolsey Elementary School Expansion Plans Moving Forward
|A new member of the Knoxville School Board who campaigned on, among other things, looking at alternatives to expanding Mabel Wooolsey Elementary School says he's resigned himself to the fact that it's likely going to happen anyway, so he's looking to make the plan bigger.
The District-202 Board reorganized following the April election Wednesday night, and has already heard from new member John Putnam about the possibility of expanding the proposed multi-million dollar Mabel Woolsey expansion plans -- perhaps adding on at least two more classrooms to the four already planned.
Putnam says if the district is going to add on more space to Mabel Woolsey Elementary School, it had better look at adding all the space it can. "In the schemes that were drawn up, there are still teachers behind the library and in cubbyholes," Putnam said. "And while those teachers say they don't mind being in those positions, those teachers aren't going to be with the district for many more years. I think it would be fair for teachers we will be hiring into the district to have something more for room than curtains hanging on three sides."
Putnam says he's also concerned about placement of a music room, and how much noise that might make even though plans are to sound-proof it.
District-Architect Bob Johnson says he's willing to consider putting together bid specifications that would look at adding the two additional classrooms, with the district having the option of not going forward with them.
The board is scheduled to have a work session on the proposals with Johnson next Wednesday night.
|04 30 09 by Newsroom
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