Maryville City School board discusses plans for upcoming construction

The Maryville City School Board had its first meeting of the summer this week and heard a progress report about the school system’s construction and renovations.

Working with Johnson Architecture, project manager Kristin Grove said foundation work for the new intermediate school on Sevierville Road could begin as early as September. But before there is ground breaking, Grove said there will be extended traffic surveys to determine routes.

Barry Brooke, executive vice president for project manager Lawler Wood, said the current traffic reports recommend a signal light as well as a left- and right-turn lane on Sevierville Road.

Grove also said construction plans for the intermediate school are focusing on green energy and a “multi-use” facility.

Maryville High School’s updated plans include the concept of “connection, connectivity and circulation.” Grove said the future for the high school includes a new commons area, a three-story staircase to connect all floors, and creating a circle or horseshoe corridor that would better orient the new classrooms.

One of the main entranceways is also getting a historical touch-up. “A lot has happened on this site,” Grove said, speaking on the historical area the high school sits on. She said the entranceway would have a similar look to Freedman’s Institute’s entranceway. The Freedman’s Institute was a school that trained black teachers after the Civil War.

Brooke said the city is acquiring new land for the high school’s expansion, and he said Johnson Architecture would present the high school’s schematic design in June.

There were no agenda items, but the board approved consent items that included 2008-2009 school fees, student and school catastrophic insurance plans, and an English as a second language instruction agreement with Maryville College.

Ending the meeting was a ceremony to honor retiring Fort Craig Elementary Principal Pete Carter. Carter has been in the Maryville school system for 33 years and plans draw his retirement but return to teach third graders.

“It’s a new road - an old territory,” he said.

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