Alcoa City Schools working to raise money for new high school

Alcoa City Schools working to raise money for new high school

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Alcoa is right in the middle of a big construction project. Their new $33 million high school should be finished by this time next year, and school leaders say the community wanted to get involved. Alcoa is right in the middle of a big construction project. Their new $33 million high school should be finished by this time next year, and school leaders say the community wanted to get involved.
So now, for the right price, you can put your name on part of the new school. So now, for the right price, you can put your name on part of the new school.
By JILL MCNEAL
6 News Anchor/Reporter

ALCOA (WATE) - A small school district has set a big goal to raise $1 million in community donations. Alcoa City Schools, with just over 1,800 students, wants to raise that money in just one year.

Alcoa is right in the middle of a big construction project. Their new $33 million high school should be finished by this time next year, and school leaders say the community wanted to get involved.

The artist's renderings of the new Alcoa High School are starting to become a reality, and Director of Schools Brian Bell says the public support has been overwhelming.

"A lot of people came to us and said, 'We'd like to be a part of this project,'" he said.

So now, for the right price, you can put your name on part of the new school.

"Have a classroom named after you, it's about $5,000," said Bell.

Smaller donations will buy engraved bricks for the pavilion. Since the new school is already being paid for by a sales tax increase, Bell says the fundraising will help in other ways.

"The money will be used for upgrades and updates for the entire school system, furniture, technology, facilities or instructional support," he said.

Parent Beverly Boyd, a Knox County resident who pays for her two daughters to attend Alcoa schools, believes the fundraising campaign will meet its million dollar goal.

"I'm excited about that because there is a strong sense of community here, and when people are allowed to invest in the school system, it strengthens that sense of community," said Boyd.

Alcoa has made some budget cuts in years past, most recently a pre-K program. The district also just bought a $250,000 jumbotron for their newly renovated $900,000 artificial turf football field.

The school district has hired a marketing company to help them raise the $1 million. That company gets a 10 percent cut of the money raised.

For more information on donating, contact Rick Ford via email or call 865-707-8580. You can also email David Paine or call 865-805-8600.
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