School Expansions in Maryville City Schools

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Maryville (WVLT) - In dealing with the ever growing population increase, the Maryville City School Board has approved plans which would include school expansions and the building of a new school, but the progress is not welcome for some neighbors who say it will create new problems for them.

WVLT Volunteer TV's Blount County Bureau Chief Stephen McLamb has the latest.

The Maryville School System is facing issues of overcrowding.

"We've actually been growing at a rate of about almost three percent a year, resident students, for the last fifteen years," said Mike Dalton, Director of Schools.

So the Maryville school board on Tuesday approved a plan which would build off Sevierville road a second intermediate school, making them fourth through sixth grades.

"It would give us one on the east side and would give us a lot of, prevent a lot of transportation problems we have now," Dalton said.

But for Frank Carpenter, it would create more transportation problems for him on an already busy highway.

"We gonna have a mess. It's going to put too much traffic on the roads," Carpenter said.

Downtown, John Pillmann moved close to Maryville high school ten years ago for the schools.

"My little boy goes to Sam Houston and to help him a lot and is real good, and I want him to go to all of these schools around here because each school is very good," Pillmann said.

But the school plan would also include expanding Maryville High School instead of building a new one.

"And to do that in a way that was as little disruption as possible to the surrounding neighborhood," Dalton said.

But that plan would include condemnation of some homes. For John Pillmann, that leaves him with more questions than answers.

"That's what I would like to know. Where am I going to move all of a sudden? What school is he going to go to? What kind of education is he going to get? Is he going to get the same like here? I don't think so," Pillmann said.

Funding now becomes this issue, with phase one of the project costing 52 million dollars. Dalton says they will now take their plan to city council for approval. He says he hopes it won't take too long, because the system will face overcrowding problems in the next two to three years.

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