Schools to Cover Build-Out

The state may be getting some help with the costs of renovating the old Magnavox building for a Pellissippi State campus in East Knox County. A state audit says the state will need an estimated $4.5 million to do the renovations to the building to include a build-out of classroom space. The state purchased the building, at the Strawberry Plains Pike exit on I-40, for $10 million.

But Knox County is proposing a Career and Technical Education Magnet School that will be part of the facility. The school system will be paying for the renovations and build-out for the space they will use, though Pellissippi State will be providing the space rent-free. It will have its own entrance.

A memo to the school board estimates the school system would need to spend $3.7 million for the build-out of its space, but that also includes technology and equipment to establish the tech courses.

The career magnet school will operate like the STEM school as far as being open district-wide, and entrance would be by lottery.