TVA Tower Doesn't Meet District Needs

There are a lot of high-powered people working very hard to convince the public that moving the Knox County Schools Administrative Offices and the Board of Education into the TVA East Tower is a great deal. It seems that they believe convincing the public will, in turn, pressure the Board of Education to accept this highly questionable deal. If it were a great deal and if it were in the best interests of our students and staff, we would be overjoyed.

It is not a great deal and it is not in the best interests of our students and staff. 

It should be concerning to all citizens, that Knox County officials are ignoring the clearly expressed needs of the school administration.

Some of the needs that have been expressed, to best serve our staff and students:

  • A campus-style location
  • Adequate space to bring in services currently scattered throughout the county
  • A location that is easily accessible to parents and community members, as well as staff
  • Adequate space to hold public meetings
  • Free and easily accessible parking for staff and visitors

The TVA East Tower does not meet these needs. 

What Do Other Districts Do?

The chart below shows how other districts in Tennessee meet the needs listed above. Of all other district offices I looked at, 100% met these needs. Knox County is a notable exception.

This chart is not meant to show all information possible, but only a comparison between districts.

District Campus Style? Former School? Board Mtgs Here?        Other Offices at This Location Outside Offices Parking
Current KCS No  No  No Great Schools Partnership

Maintenance

Textbooks

Warehouse

Assistive Technology

Paid Garage (Two paid garages for BOE members)
Proposed KCS No No No  TBA    Paid Garage (Two paid garages for BOE members)
 Bradley County Yes  No Yes Adjacent to Bradley-Central HS             Free Lot         
 Cleveland City  Yes  ?  Yes

Adjacent to Elem & Primary Schools

Bus Garage

(CTE is located at 350 Central Avenue, Cleveland, TN 37311)

  Free Lot 
Hamilton County (Chattanooga) Yes Yes Yes

Transportation

  Free Lot
Metro Nashville Yes ? Yes     Free Lot
Oak Ridge  Yes Yes Yes

Family Resource Center

(Transportation is at another former school at 100 Woodbury Lane.)

  Free Lot
 Sevier County  Yes  Yes?  Yes

Adjacent to White’s Adult HS

Transportation

  Free Lot
Sumner County               Yes Yes Yes Teacher Center
Community Use Stadium
Maintenance
Materials Center
Career & Technical Ed
  Free Lot
 Warren County   Yes ?  Yes     Free Lot

 

Sumner County

695 East Main Street • Gallatin, TN
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Bradley County

800 South Lee Highway, Cleveland, TN
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Cleveland City – 2 locations

Administrative Office Building (AOB)
4300 Mouse Creek Road, Cleveland, TN 
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F. I. Denning Center
350 Central Avenue, Cleveland, TN
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Hamilton County (Chattanooga)

3074 Hickory Valley Road, Chattanooga, TN
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Metro Nashville

2601 Bransford Avenue, Nashville, TN
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Oak Ridge

304 New York Ave, Oak Ridge, TN
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Sevier County

226 Cedar Street, Sevierville, TN
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Warren County

2548 Morrison Street, McMinnville, TN

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