With ribbon cut July 10, Hardin Valley middle schoolers have new home
“On behalf of our staff, community members and our students, welcome to the new Hardin Valley Middle School,” HVMS principal Dr. Cory Smith said. “This is an awesome facility.”
“Once you get inside, walk around and look at what it has to offer, you will be truly impressed,” he added about the 175,000-square-foot facility. “We are very fortunate to have this opportunity.”
Smith noted the facility is designed for students and teachers with a lot of hallways, spacious classrooms and a multi-media center.
“I think you will have many things to celebrate here,” he said.
The effort to have a new middle school started with a Facebook post four years ago by a few Hardin Valley residents.
“It has been an honor to watch this (project) come from the ground and come to fruition,” 6th District Knox County Commissioner Brad Anders said.
“I feel very blessed, at the beginning of this, that you all allowed me to come around for the ride,” said Terry Hill, Knox County Board of Education District 6 representative, which encompasses the Hardin Valley area. “I was happy to advocate for you, but you were the ones that made this happen.”
Hill singled out three who kicked of the project — Kevin Krateau, who organized the first meeting; Kim Frazier, who researched project; and Amanda Abshagen, who created the social media. “These folks were truly on the ground floor,” she said. “It takes a village; it was a village that came together; and we are excited.”
“Hardin Valley is one of the fastest growing parts of Knox County, and this school will be a great addition to support that growth,” Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett said.
To open the ceremony Boy Scout Troop 246 raised the American flag, for the first time, at HVMS before the crowd recited the Pledge of Allegiance.