Group holds public meeting to push for Hardin Valley Middle

Group holds public meeting to push for Hardin Valley Middle School

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The group, which has more than 600 likes on Facebook, is working to bring a middle school to Hardin Valley and is holding a public meeting Monday night at Hardin Valley Church of Christ. The group, which has more than 600 likes on Facebook, is working to bring a middle school to Hardin Valley and is holding a public meeting Monday night at Hardin Valley Church of Christ.
"It was a priority in 2006, and here we are in 2014, so let's get the ball rolling on this," Hardin Valley parent Kim Frazier said. "It was a priority in 2006, and here we are in 2014, so let's get the ball rolling on this," Hardin Valley parent Kim Frazier said.

By SAMANTHA MANNING
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A Knox County community is pushing to bring a middle school to an area they say is dealing with overcrowded intermediate schools.

The group, which has more than 600 likes on Facebook, is working to bring a middle school to Hardin Valley and is holding a public meeting Monday night at Hardin Valley Church of Christ.

"It's time that we bring this to the forefront," Hardin Valley parent Kim Frazier said.

Frazier is a mother of two boys, one in third and one in fourth grade.

For now, her sons are on track to go to Karns Middle School once they graduate from Hardin Valley Elementary.

Frazier said even if a new middle school in Hardin Valley isn't around yet for her boys, she's hoping the plans will be in the works by then.

"It was a priority in 2006, and here we are in 2014, so let's get the ball rolling on this," Frazier said.

Frazier is talking about a 2006 study by the Partnership for Education Facilities Assessment, known as PEFA, that shows Karns and Farragut Middle Schools are among the most overcrowded schools in Knox County when looking at a ten year projected enrollment plan. It also lists Holston and Halls Middle as facing the same risks of a capacity strain.

"The pressures of large classroom sizes definitely would have an impact on their education and additional stress to teachers and we are seeing that already," Frazier said.

A study by the Metropolitan Planning Commission showed that the west part of Knox County accounted for the majority of building growth in 2012, with the southwest sector making up 25 percent and the northwest sector, which includes Hardin Valley, making up 22 percent.

"We understand that there are a lot of needs in Knox County, however, the numbers are there," Frazier said. "The studies that taxpayers have paid for that you base your decisions upon, prove that this is  a need."

Board of Education member Thomas Deakins, who represents Hardin Valley, said he fully supports the group's efforts and said he has received several emails and phone calls regarding the issue.

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