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ESK breaks ground

The Episcopal School of Knoxville held a groundbreaking ceremony for its $3 million Brewington Family Lower School building, Thursday, Jan. 28, at its campus off Lovell Road.

Since ESK’s founding, the Brewington family had hopes of the school becoming a kindergarten through 12th-grade school.

“When the school started, my husband and I wanted a K-12 school. This is the completion of that,” Mary Ellen Brewington said.

The 22,000 square foot Lower School building is scheduled to be fully functional by Aug. 1 of this year. In the new building, there will be 12 classrooms, an art room, library, music room, foreign language lab and office. In addition, there will be space for teacher supply rooms and tutoring.

In a press release, founding Headmaster Jay Secor said, “Construction of our new Lower School facility is another milestone in the establishment of the Episcopal School of Knoxville. Spacious, well-appointed classrooms will await our students in August.”

Episcopalian groundbreaking tradition involved students placing ribbons in the shape of an ancient letter, “Chi,” which is the symbol of the cross and the name of Christ. Four students created the symbol with ribbons above a sectioned-off square of earth with the help of two teachers near the end of the ceremony.

Three students shared scripture individually: Ellie Lai, Jonah Zahn and Madison Howell.

Students opened the ceremony with the song “Sanctuary.”

Groundbreakers at the ceremony were The Right Rev. Charles von Rosenberg; Mary Ellen and Steve Brewington, Sarah Stowers, Paul Siler Jr., Blair Kline and Jay Secor.

The school was founded at St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church in Farragut, in 1998. In 2000, the school moved to its current 97-acre facility off Lovell Road.

Episcopal School now is in its 12th year.


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