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|Knoxville School Board and City Council Trying to Work Together
|The Knoxville School Board is reaching out to the Knoxville City Council.
President of the Knoxville School Board Robert Bogard, as well as school board member Pat Callahan attended the Knoxville City Council's meeting Monday night in an attempt to improve communication between the two groups.
Bogard told the council about the improvements and 14,000 square foot addition being put onto Mable Woolsey Elementary School. He says the addition to the school was to combat what Bogard calls, an influx of students.
Bogard told the city council that the new school board is working on criticisms it has dealt with in the past. "When we had the election in April...the election was about cooperation and communication. That's basically why I'm here tonight," Bogard said. "We have a new board, and we're going to try and do a better job of communicating with the public, and inform them of what's going on in the schools."
Bogard said the school is using money from it's education fund and from life savings bonds as well as existing capital to pay for the project and no additional taxpayer money will be used.
As for the addition, Bogard said Mable Woolsey is getting a new gym which will be used for a number of activities, a music room, a teachers lounge, as well as 4 other new classrooms. He said the school is also in the process of buying 4 new smart boards, hiring 4 new teachers and that the construction project could be finished by January First.
The Knoxville School Board will consider bids for the addition at a special meeting Thursday night.
|07 20 09 by Newsroom
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