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Fully fund Hardin Valley High School, Fort West resident says, Carson calls for Hardin Valley High support

Fully fund Hardin Valley High School, Fort West resident says



NEGLIGENCE is the one word to describe the situation with the planning of our schools and providing the very best education (not just status quo) for our children. At a minimum for PROACTIVE planning, our current situation with school planning and transformation should have been addressed 10 years ago.

Absolutely there are elected bodies (Knox County, town of Farragut and Knox County School Board) responsible for the current situation of 1). not being proactive 2). not working or communicating with each other and 3). also ignoring the indicators of having a “sense of urgency” towards our community’s educational needs that are so vital to homeowner’s value, economic development, national security, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

I applaud the Knox County School Board for unanimously voting and sending the funding need for the Hardin Valley High School directly to the Knox County Commission … which will be reviewing the request at the Aug. 28 meeting at 2 p.m. in the City/County Building.

Please contact your 5th District representatives [John] Griess, [Mike] Hammond and [Craig] Leuthold to fully fund the Hardin Valley High School.

The high school should be funded with cuts in other programs and responsible fiduciary strategies and not through “another tax.” Please also support 6th District School Board member-elect Thomas Deakins for his efforts in addressing our current obligations and future needs.

Having the high school fully-funded as promised is the first step towards a total transformation in the way our community addresses our educational needs. Acquiring the necessary land today for the future schools/excess capacity (high, middle, intermediate and primary schools) should be a priority. Communities with the attitude of being proactive to their educational needs are the ones with the strongest economic development results and

opportunities.



Sincerely,

Bill Johns

Fort West



Carson calls for Hardin Valley High support



On Monday, Aug. 28, 2006, the Knox County Commission will be voting on funding for Hardin Valley High School. Basically, the choice for the County Commission is:

1. Keep the funding for Hardin Valley High School at $40 million and build it to accommodate only 1,300 students, or

2. Allocate an additional $6 million dollars and complete Hardin Valley High School to accommodate 2,100 students.

The serious overcrowding currently at Farragut High School, Bearden High School and Karns High School, along with the continued growth and development in these areas, demonstrate the need to build for 2,100

students.

What do you need to do?

• Send an e-mail to the County Commission expressing your desire to see the Hardin Valley High School built for 2,100 students, fully equipped. You can do this by sending one email to: commission@knoxcounty-.org. Ask that that email be distributed to all County Commissioners.

• Attend the County Commission Meeting at 2 p.m., Monday, Aug. 28, at the City/County Building. We need a large “presence” at the meeting on the 28. I know that it is scheduled at an awful time, BUT numbers of people do make an impression.

• Get this information out to your family, friends, neighbors, and business associates. People need to know that now is when they need to speak up, not 5 years from now when we are again severely overcrowded because Hardin Valley High was only built for 1300 students.

• Attend the community meeting. On Thursday, August 24th at 7:00 PM we will be holding a Community Meeting at Bearden High School to discuss the enrollment analysis for the Farragut, Bearden, Karns and Hardin Valley areas.

For additional information, please contact Karen Carson, 5th District School Board Representative at 865-675-0236 or carsonk@tds.net



Karen Carson

5th District School Board

 

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