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|Board Selects Final Plan for Mabel Woolsey Elementary Expansion
|The Knoxville School Board has given its okay to the plans it says it wants for the proposed expansion of Mabel Woolsey Elementary School.
The board Wednesday night picked a scheme that sees four new classrooms, a teachers work area, restrooms, and a gym/multi-purpose room. The district will prepare formal plans and bid specifications for it, and will also seek a bid on making the multi-purpose room bigger so it could be used as a full gym for games and practices if the need arises.
District-202 Superintendent Larry Carlton says the district should still be able to afford the project, starting with using some money already in the bank. "I'd like to still earmark a half-a-million dollars (in district reserve funds to put a down payment on the project," Carlton said. "In June, we would need to hire...our bonding attorneys. Then, in July, we would pass a resolution to borrow about $1.9 million over a ten year period. Yes, (paying for the project is) still doable."
The District would be using an already-established property tax levy to pay for the new bonds once they're issued -- resulting in no property tax hike unless property values go up.
The alternate bid of a bigger gym could result in an additional $300,000 if it was approved.
The District-202 Board Wednesday night, among other items, also hired a science teacher for Knoxville Junior High School, and a business teacher for both the junior high and high schools.
They also approved of establishing a high school chapter of the national club the Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America -- or, FCCLA.
(Mabel Woolsey Elementary School. WGIL News Story and File Photo by Will Stevenson.)
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