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LetterToTheEditor — Build schools before libraries, Reader says




Dear Editor:



I think is is infuriating to discuss building a new downtown library when the school rezoning is literally putting more than 25 families in crisis by splitting siblings and many more families than that into lesser emotional stress by splitting friends.

Have our local decision makers not stopped to think how much stress and chaos it would add to their own families to have students in two different high schools? My family has apparently escaped rezoning (this time) by being south of I-75, but all citizens should voice a loud call to do what is right and spend any new taxes for a school.

We should also pray for wisdom in long-term planning for decision makers as they explore options. Could FHS be expanded into the middle school and a new middle and/or intermediate school be built? I certainly don’t know what would be best in the long run, but maybe we can at least avoid the foolishness of spending $40-plus million on a library.

Building a school would make a lot of people happy; building a library would make a few people happy and others angry.



Margaret Manneschmidt

Knoxville

 

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