Walls go up at new Greenback school

Walls go up at new Greenback school

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The new Greenback School is set to open in January 2014. The new Greenback School is set to open in January 2014.
"It's beautiful," said Greenback resident Bambi Walker. "It's huge. The kids deserve it." "It's beautiful," said Greenback resident Bambi Walker. "It's huge. The kids deserve it."
"They are doing a fantastic job over there," said Loudon County Director of Schools Jason Vance. "They are doing a fantastic job over there," said Loudon County Director of Schools Jason Vance.

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

GREENBACK (WATE) - The walls are going up on a much-anticipated school building in Loudon County.

The building will replace the current Greenback School which houses grades K-12.

"It's beautiful," said Greenback resident Bambi Walker. "It's huge and the kids deserve it."

"We've always been told that there would be a new school some day and it's such a joy to see this new school," said Greenback resident Judy Martin.

Residents have called for the school to be replaced because of overcrowding and a number of maintenance issues, including gas leaks, septic problems, peeling paint, and fire code violations.

Construction on the new school started in April 2012.

"They are doing a fantastic job over there," said Loudon County Director of Schools Jason Vance.

Vance says they are on budget, and plan to start school in the new building in January 2014.

"They will probably be narrowing construction in the fall, so that will give us a little bit of time to transition," said Vance.

The new school is being funded by a $24 million bond that was approved by the county commission.

People who live in Greenback are ready for the school to open.

"We moved here 12 years ago," said Greenback resident June DeLuca, "Ever since we've been here they've talked about a new school, so we were really happy to see them get a new school. They needed it really bad, so we are really happy to see that happen."

Vance says they are unsure what they will do with the old school. He says they will first try to sell it, but if that does not happen they may tear it down.

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