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LetterToTheEditor ó Donít realign school lines, reader pleads

Dear Editor:

It is six weeks until the end of the school year and my daughter does not know where she will be attending next year. For months we have been encouraging her to plan for the future. What kind of an example has the Knox County School Board set for her, when they havenít planned for the growth in school enrollment in West Knox County?

I am opposed to the rezoning because it will not fix anything. We were told at freshman orientation that the then incoming freshman class had 153 more students than this yearís outgoing Senior class. Transferring 118 of them to Karns is merely a Band-aid. Within four years, 442 students will be added at Karns. Soon Karns High School will be just as overcrowded as Farragut High.

Although many board members agree West Knox needs a new High School, there are currently no plans for one. Where will my current second grader be able to attend? If a new school is not started, and soon, there will be no room at any of the West Knox high schools.

Although we live just outside of the Town of Farragut limits, we are only 2 miles from Farragut High School.

I have spent the last three years volunteering at the schools, especially the Middle School, so that I could get to know my daughterís friends and parents. So that when they started high school, I would have a better idea of who they were with. My daughters are involved in numerous activities in this community from sports to scouting.

Do not send them to another community to attend school!


Darlene Hunter

Via e-mail


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