New elementary school expected to help ease classroom overcrowding in Knox County

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Education officials said three Knox County teaching schools are overcrowded and the new school could help reduce those crowds.

Knoxville, Tenn. – A new school being built in northwest Knox County is triggering zoning changes for students. Education officials said they hope this will help reduce overcrowding at other elementary schools in the area.

The new school will affect students currently split between Ball Camp Elementary School, Hardin Valley Elementary School and Karns Elementary School.

“These three schools were all very crowded, and so the new school kind of sits in between those three schools,” said Jennifer Owen, the District 2 school board representative.

The new registration area also creates traffic problems. People may have to pass through Coward Mill Road off Pellissippi Parkway to get to the new school. Owen said the Coward Mill Road widening project is expected to be completed by the time the new school takes in pupils.

She also said school buses may need to find a different route to transport students, to avoid having to cross a busy road like Pellissippi Parkway.

“We’re going to have space in these four schools for students to really learn and for teachers to teach so they can do their best,” Owen said.

The new school is expected to open by August 2023. Construction is still ongoing on the site of the new school.

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