Classes begin at Knox County Schools

Classes begin at Knox County Schools

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Students begin their first day at the new Carter Elementary School. Students begin their first day at the new Carter Elementary School.
"They have done a terrific job for the kids," said Lisa Phipps. "They have done a terrific job for the kids," said Lisa Phipps.
"It's very exciting just to see the advances, to see them taking an interest in our area and making it a great, safe, quality place for our kids to learn," said Karma McNew. "It's very exciting just to see the advances, to see them taking an interest in our area and making it a great, safe, quality place for our kids to learn," said Karma McNew.

By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - It was back to class for students in Knox County Monday morning, the first day of the 2013-2014 school year.

The day was extra special for some students in East Knox County, as they celebrated the first day of school in a brand new building.

More than 500 students stepped Monday into the brand new Carter Elementary on Strawberry Plains Pike.

The new school, which replaces the old Carter Elementary that was built back in 1936, is something the community has lobbied for years.

It's the first new school in East Knox County in 40 years.

"It's probably the only time in my lifetime that I will see a brand new school in this area," said Knox County Board of Education member Mike McMillan.

The school is already getting the stamp of approval from parents and students.

"It's beautiful. It's beautiful. They have done a terrific job for the kids," said Lisa Phipps, as she dropped off her daughter at Carter.

"I think it looks good. It's bigger than the old one," said first grader Joshua Thomas, Jr.

The school is much larger and more modern than the old one, with new technology in the classrooms.

"I think it's going to help a lot, not just my child but all the children. I think it's going to help advance them," said Phipps.

The new school is designed with room to grow. There is space for 650 students, but that can be expanded to hold up to 850 in the future.

"It's very exciting just to see the advances, to see them taking an interest in our area and making it a great, safe, quality place for our kids to learn," said another parent, Karma McNew.

The new school was built at no added cost to taxpayers thanks to the sale of some county property to cover most of the cost.

The rest had been budgeted to the Knox County Board of Education for renovation of the old school.

Monday was scheduled as an abbreviated day, with elementary school students being dismissed at 11:15 a.m. and middle and high school students' dismissal at noon.

Classes also began at another new Knox County schools on Monday, Northshore Elementary.

Knox County officials want drivers to remember that school zones will be active for the first time since classes let out in the spring.

School zone speed limits are usually 15 mph less than the normal limits. Flashing lights are timed to begin 40 minutes before school starts and to stop 40 minutes after school lets out.

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