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Knoxville Christian School plans high school expansion

About 34,000 square feet of new high school buildings, an academic complex and a gymnasium, highlight Knoxville Christian School’s roughly $4 million expansion, with “the goal” of completion by fall 2009.

In addition, a football stadium of undetermined capacity also is planned on the school’s campus, which includes 67.7 acres of property, off Snyder Road in Farragut. Matt Amos, KCS president of grades K-12, said the school is planning to field a junior varsity high school football team no later than fall 2009.

“Perhaps even this next school year, we’re going to go ahead and grade for the football field, we’ve got a large part of the funding for that,” Amos added about fielding the new football team. “That may be a bit ambitious, but still a possibility.”

Having its site plan approved unanimously by Farragut Municipal Planning Commission at its Thursday, April 17, meeting, KCS construction would “start clearing and grading” immediately, Amos said. “We’re projected breaking ground in about five months or so.

“If there’s not a long delay, people that are in the know about such things say the fall of ’09 is a possibility,” the president added.

Amos said KCS “maximum” enrollment for grades K-12 is estimated between 300 and 400 for the 2009-10 school year, should expansion timetables be met. He added that current enrollment is 120 — including about 35 to 40 high school students with six in the Class of 2008.

Teachers and administrators currently total 24, with extra hirings upon expansion “minimal the first year, if there are any at all,” the president said.

“We’re anticipating quite a bit of growth once we are able to get the high school into that building,” added Amos, KCS president since the 2000-01 school year.

Moving to its present home in 1980 after its first classes were held in 1978 at West End Church of Christ, KCS’s current building square footage is 27,180, Amos said.

In addition to basic classrooms, the 14,844-square foot academic complex would include “lab and about five offices,” Amos said.

Seating capacity in the new 19,049-square-foot gymnasium “will be up to a thousand” and will include a band room, Amos said.

As for curriculum, “What the new facility would bring would be just an expansion in elective courses,” the president said. “We have an agreement with Pellissippi [State Technical Community College] now where we’re offering college credit courses.”

Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and School and Christian School Association, KCS holds “the highest accreditations right now in those organizations,” Amos said.

Paying for project cost of “just over $4 million” includes having “some of it in hand” plus “a capital campaign where we’re getting churches, individuals to pledge $500 a month for five years,” Amos said. “Once we get that pledged we’ll have all the financing in place.”

For more than 20 years KCS “was primarily a K-through-8 school” until “the year of 2000 when we added one grade of high school,” Amos said.

Knoxville Christian School will honor its fourth high school graduation class this spring.

The KCS Knights, a member of TSSAA for four years, could add “baseball and golf” among other high school sports teams if facilities are open to accept expanded enrollment by fall 2009, Amos said.

Current varsity high school sports are volleyball and girls and boys basketball.


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