After the Knox County Commission voted to table the campaign for the new Carter Elementary School for 90 days in last night’s meeting, many are wondering if the school is down for the count. Mayor Tim Burchett is asking everyone to continue to ask the school board and county commission for support and patience as he seeks to find a solution to this problem.
The Knoxville Journal Newspaper is reporting that Sandy Loy, owner of Construction Plus Management, is meeting with Mayor Burchett on Tuesday in hopes of finding a solution. Loy, a local builder, has taken a leadership role in the issue since he was asked by local leaders to visit the current Carter Elementary School and make an assessment as to whether it would be better to renovate or build a new school. Loy says he was shocked at what he found in the school that was built in the 1920s. Loy is surprised that children are allowed anywhere near the building that has mold, asbestos, plumbing and electrial issues and is very near a busy street. Loy says it would be foolish to renovate a building that should be torn down.
Parents, who are hoping for a new school, are disappointed that they have to wait even longer for the issue to be resolved.