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FBMA approves resolution to keep residents at Farragut High

The Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted unanimously last week to approve a resolution to support keeping town residents in the Farragut schools.

Residents of Ridgeland subdivision, located north of I-40/75 and the Farragut schools, presented the idea for the resolution to the FBMA.

“Ridgeland is a very strong part of Farragut,” Mayor Eddy Ford said prior to the vote.

Vice Mayor Mike Haynes said he supported the resolution because of the amount of tax money collected from the town’s residents that goes back into the Farragut schools.

“We spend money every year to support our schools,” he said. “Some of your money is going to our town so we think you should remain in Farragut schools.”

The resolution comes two weeks after the Knox County Schools system held a public town hall-type meeting to discuss rezoning five specific areas in school board Districts 5 and 6 to District 3, where Karns High School is located.

The school board will vote on the proposal at its regularly scheduled meeting May 5, which is open to the public.

Reasons listed in the resolution for the FBMA’s opposition to moving potential Farragut school students to Karns is that the town of Farragut only constitutes “approximately one-half the student population of the Farragut schools,” the town “provides the roads, traffic signals, and other infrastructure to support students who attend the Farragut schools, including the large student population that lives outside the town and attend the Farragut schools” and the Karns schools are “approximately nine miles from Ridgeland subdivision while the Farragut schools are approximately two miles from the subdivision.”

Ford said the resolution urging the Knox County School Board to “keep all students in the town of Farragut … in the Farragut schools” would be sent to all seven school board members and to county commissioners John Griess and Craig Leuthold.

In other business:

• The FBMA voted unanimously on second reading to rezone 15.2 acres on McFee Road, approximately 700 feet north of Allen Kirby Road from R-2 to R-1, OSR.

• The FBMA voted unanimously to accept Anchorage Way, the private road located within Turkey Creek Harbor subdivision, Phase 2-4, as a public road.

• The FBMA voted unanimously to approve a residential access variance at 720 Fretz Road, requested by Barbara Shagan.

• The FBMA voted unanimously to support a LPRF grant for Campbell Station Park trails.


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