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|Plans for KHS Addition Move Forward
|The plans for an expansion of Knoxville High School are getting better refined.
The second in a series of three community meetings was held Wednesday night regarding the expansion. Residents in attendance were broken into small groups, where they discussed the pros and cons of three possible scenarios for expansion that were given to them by Bloomington-based BLDD Architects.
For the most part, residents agreed on an option that saw an auxiliary gym be attached to Jensen Gym, an area with some more classrooms, and a commons area. School board member Jeff Johnson says he likes that option.
"It gave a more panoramic view of the building itself, and displayed more and better use of green space versus building space," Johnson said. "It also has little sidewalks out front that can really build a nice little decorative area to really show off your building."
But there were concerns yet. For example, some residents wondered why in some of the plans, a new greenhouse was so far away from an agriculture classroom. In one option, the proposed auxiliary gym was put on the opposite end of the expansion, and not next to Jensen Gym.
$15 million could be the total cost of the work, which district officials hope to mostly pay for with a long-sought school construction grant, along with the recently-enacted one-percent increase in the Knox County Sales Tax. Plans have to be finalized by the end of July in order to be considered for the grant that officials say the district is pretty much at the top of the list for.
For a look at the options discussed at the meeting, CLICK HERE.
(A group looks at some of the options for an addition to Knoxville High School during a meeting Wednesday night. WGIL News Story and Photo by Will Stevenson.)
|07 08 11 by Newsroom
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