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|Knoxville School Board Approves Track Resolution; Presents it to City Council
|The Knoxville School Board is going ahead with building a new all-weather track, yet they still don't have a location nailed down or know of how much support, if any, the City of Knoxville will donate to the project.
The District 202 Board Monday night, met and passed a resolution to build the new track at either the current location for a cost of $500,000, or on 12 acres of property on Gilson Street that would cost almost $750,000.
The school board determined they could issue debt certificate bonds from the operations and maintenance fund in the amount of $550,000. That would only be enough to tackle the project on its current site, which according to the resolution, is not the preferred site of the board. The board is seeking to raise an additional $200,000 in order to fund the project at the Gilson Street location.
District 202 Board President Bob Bogard tells WGIL, building the track on Gilson Street would be a source of pride for the entire city of Knoxville.
"We're going to take away the congestion we have over at the high school," Bogard said. "Plus, there would be more of a community effect down there (at Gilson Street), where the community can get involved in using it -- so, it would be more open. Plus, we'll have parking down there; that's the biggest thing -- we'll have more parking down there."
Bogard says the use of volunteer local labor and contractors will help keep costs down.
The school board later on in the evening presented the resolution to the Knoxville City Council and asked for their support on the project. Bogard told the city council he would like to see the area on Gilson Street re-zoned from farming to special use and they will need to have water and sewer lines available.
Bogard said if they decide to eventually build the track on Gilson Street, he would be the first to parade around the track.
|11 03 09 by Newsroom
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