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|Mable Woolsey School Expansion Plans Change Again
|The Knoxville School Board had seemed settled on figuring out a plan to expand Mabel Woolsey Elementary School by four classrooms -- that is, until Wednesday night.
After 90-minutes of discussion, the District-202 board during a special meeting last night decided to alter plans for Mabel Woolsey's expansion again to add a fifth classroom, and make a proposed gymnasium bigger so regulation games can be played in it.
The additional classroom would be achieved by eliminating a teacher work room -- something board member John Putnam says teachers primarily wouldn't use anyway -- and believes it will be good to have the room if enrollments go even higher than they're already expected to be.
"I don't want to get this project built, spend all this money, and then come back here to this table again next year, a year from now, and say 'okay we're at the point we need to put two more rooms on.'"
Putnam and other board members suggested making a proposed basketball court bigger in order to help address not only a problem with a perceived lack of gym space, but it would also help host games if necessary.
District officials say they're not sure yet what the proposals would do to change the cost of the project, that could already hit $2.5 million, paid for with bonds.
Another meeting on the proposed expansion is set for next Wednesday at 6 p-m at Mabel Woolsey.
(Knoxville School Board members look over expansion plans with architect Bob Johnson, left, Wednesday night at Mabel Woolsey Elementary School. WGIL News Story and Photo by Will Stevenson.)
|05 06 09 by Newsroom
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