Alcoa voters approve sales tax hike to fund new high school

Alcoa voters approve sales tax hike to fund new high school


ALCOA (WATE) – Alcoa residents approved raising the city's sales tax by half a cent, with the revenue funding a new $30 million Alcoa High School.

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City commissioners put the increase on the ballot raising it from 2.25% to 2.75%, which is the maximum allowed by state law.

The school system plans to build on 13 acres next to the existing high school. Portions of the school were first built in 1939.

Alcoa City Schools director Brian Bell said the new state-of-the art school could accommodate around 1,000 students and would be ready for a new STEM program.

The plan would call for grades to be reconfigured, allowing middle school students to move into the current high school. 

Pre-K through 2nd grade would move into the elementary school. Third, fourth and fifth grade students would move into the Alcoa Middle School building.

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