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Knox County Schools break gound on two new elementary school projects

Monday’s groundbreaking ceremonies will be held for the new Adrian Burnett and Lonsdale elementary schools.
Published: Mar. 29, 2021 at 11:14 AM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Knox County Schools will hold groundbreaking ceremonies on Monday to begin projects on two elementary schools.

Knox County Schools proposed the projects in 2019 and the school board voted unanimously to approve a five-year capital improvement plan which includes three new elementary schools.

Monday’s groundbreaking ceremonies will be held for the new Adrian Burnett and Lonsdale elementary schools.

In October 2019, the Knox County Board of Education approved a Memorandum of Understanding to transfer the Lonsdale Park property from the City of Knoxville to Knox County, for the purpose of building the new school.

The new Lonsdale Elementary School and Adrian Burnett Elementary school will each have the capacity for nearly 800 students and are expected to be completed for the fall 2022 semester.

The 94,400 square-foot building for Lonsdale Elementary will include:

  • 36 classrooms
  • 4 teacher work areas
  • 2 special education classroom suites
  • a 7,100-square-foot gymnasium
  • a music room
  • an art room
  • a library
  • a storm shelter that will house approximately 935 occupants
  • a 2,000-square-foot recreation center for the City of Knoxville

“A replacement school for Lonsdale Elementary is an important investment in the community and I am grateful that we are able to begin this project,” said Superintendent Bob Thomas. “Ms. Partin, Ms. Laman and their teams do a tremendous job of caring for students, and a new building will help educators, students and staff continue the outstanding teaching and learning that is already taking place.”

The school is estimated to cost $19,950,000 and will be located on the park property adjacent to the existing Lonsdale Elementary School.

When construction is complete, students from Sam E. Hill Primary, which currently serves students in Grades Pre-K through 1st grade, will attend Lonsdale Elementary.

The replacement school will also include a 2,000-square-foot recreation center and office space for the City of Knoxville’s Parks and Recreation Department. Knox County will transfer the Sam E. Hill property to the City of Knoxville.

“The students of Lonsdale Elementary excel inside and outside the classroom, and a new school building will help them reach their full potential,” said Lonsdale principal April Partin. “I am grateful for this investment in our community, and I look forward to seeing our students, teachers and staff achieve even greater things in our new building.”

The 94,400 square-foot building for Adrian Burnett Elementary will include:

  • 34 classrooms
  • 4 teacher work areas
  • 2 special education classroom suites
  • a music room
  • an art room
  • a library
  • a 7,100-square foot gymnasium
  • a storm shelter that will house approximately 935 occupants

“A replacement school for Adrian Burnett Elementary is a tremendous step forward for the Halls community and I am very pleased to see the project get started,” said Superintendent Bob Thomas. “This school has outstanding students, teachers and staff members, and I am confident that a new building will enable Ms. Prince and her team to achieve even greater things in the years to come.”

The replacement school is estimated to cost $19,945,000 and will be located on the existing campus at 4531 Brown Gap Road.

The first groundbreaking ceremony will be at Adrian Burnett at 11 a.m. The second will be at Lonsdale at 12:30 p.m.

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