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The farragutpress applauds Knox County Mayor Mike Ragsdale for finally responding to the wishes of West Knox County residents and laying out plans to build a new high school to ease overcrowding at Farragut High School and future overcrowding issues that may develop at Karns High School.

However, it is curious how a “secret committee,” which met two times at best, could come up with several sites on which to build this school, where school boards for the past 20 years couldn’t.

Even more curious is how the mayor came up with $35 million.

But the farragutpress is glad that he did and hopefully the project will come to fruition soon.

It also is our hope that the future of education will not be relegated to the passage of the Wheel Tax, if it should indeed come to the ballot.

Some have blamed the surge of new housing being developed as the culprit behind the overcrowding issue.

Whether or not that is a fair statement is not relevant. The crisis is here and it is here now.

So, it is the responsibility of representative government to respond.

But it has to be stated in defense of housing and business developers that our country is built upon the free enterprise system of economics. Developers will build where buyers will buy; businesses will follow roof tops.

That’s the American way and the voters mandate that government keep up with the flow.

 

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