Knoxville's Chilhowee Intermediate School celebrates new renovat

Knoxville's Chilhowee Intermediate School celebrates new renovations on Earth Day

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East Knox County’s Chilhowee Intermediate School has been undergoing renovations for nearly three years. East Knox County’s Chilhowee Intermediate School has been undergoing renovations for nearly three years.
The entire student body gathered Tuesday for a ribbon cutting to celebrate the completion of the project, joined by several community leaders, including Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre, Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett and Knox County Sheriff J.J. Jones. The entire student body gathered Tuesday for a ribbon cutting to celebrate the completion of the project, joined by several community leaders, including Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre, Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett and Knox County Sheriff J.J. Jones.
By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A Knox County school is celebrating Earth Day by unveiling newly-completed renovations, which include a number of energy saving upgrades.

East Knox County’s Chilhowee Intermediate School has been undergoing renovations for nearly three years.

The entire student body gathered Tuesday for a ribbon cutting to celebrate the completion of the project, joined by several community leaders, including Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre, Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett and Knox County Sheriff J.J. Jones.

The biggest upgrade concerns school safety. The entrance and main office have been relocated to the back of the school.

Not only are they more family friendly, they’re more secure. Anyone wanting into the school must now be buzzed in.

"You need to know who is coming in and out of your building so now we have more control over who that is,” said Knox County Board of Education member Gloria Deathridge.

They also restructured part of the building to create new classrooms, which will be used for small group instruction.

"It'll give us room to work with the children a little bit closer, the ones that need it,” said Deathridge.

They have new lighting throughout, a new roof and repaired ceilings, as well as a new energy saving HVAC system.

School leaders hope these improvements will help create the best place possible for their students to learn.

An elevator has also been installed to create more accessibility for all students.

Chilhowee Intermediate is one of the oldest schools in Knox County.

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