The Knoxville Community School District broke ground on the new Knoxville Middle School on Wednesday, March 24.
Community members, school staff, school board, and members of the Invest Vote Yes committee were in attendance to celebrate the beginning of the construction project which is planned to be completed in the fall of 2022. The location of the new Knoxville Middle School (KMS) is to the north of Knoxville High School (KHS). The two buildings will be connected via gymnasiums.
The new building will be two stories and embody a 21st century learning environment. It will be home to two gymnasiums, an indoor walking track, and a new weight room.
At the groundbreaking Brian Hatch, Mayor of Knoxville; Dr. Maggie Wilson, member of the Invest Vote Yes committee; Chris Nichols, member of the Invest Vote Yes committee; and Cassi Pearson, Superintendent of Knoxville Schools all spoke of the pride shown in the Knoxville community and the better opportunities this new building will provide for our students.
"Our students and staff are going to have opportunities that we couldn’t provide in the old building, and that’s really exciting. Our community has been supportive. We thank you for getting out to vote. We also ask for your patience. The next year and a half, we know there’s going to be some inconveniences, we know there’s going to be some fences that go up, and some areas that might be off limits for a short period of time. We truly believe that in the end, it’s going to be well worth that short term inconvenience." - Cassi Pearson, Superintendent
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