Knox County Schools Superintendent Jim McIntyre has proposed building a new middle school in the Hardin Valley area to alleviate continued student enrollment in West Knox County. But he doesn't think there's a "viable need" to support a similar proposal for the Gibbs community in East Knox County, according to a letter he sent to Board of Education members Wednesday.
Instead, students near Gibbs can continue to
commute "some distance" to Holston Middle School, where the education
that students receive – "including personalized learning opportunities
supported by instructional technology – is very high quality," the memo
He called the financial impact to build a Gibbs middle
school "considerable," adding that the school – if paid for over 20
years – would cost almost $60 million.
"Such a financial
commitment is challenging enough when there is a clear necessity, but I
do not believe it would be fiscally responsible for the school board to
take on such a significant debt obligation for a school that an
independent expert has told us we simply do not need," McIntyre wrote.
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