On June 14, 2012, the Alcoa City Schools Board of Education voted to approve the site and design plans for the new Alcoa High School. The board has made this commitment to the residents of the City of Alcoa knowing the importance of education to the community. As we begin the next steps in this journey, the Alcoa family will need to work together to make these plans a reality. Join us for two community input meetings on June 18 and 19 and a volunteer meeting on June 21 to hear more details about this endeavor.
I would like to share with you the comments I made to the Board of Education prior to the Board voting on the new Alcoa High School:
Before we move onto the next three agenda items, I just want to take a moment to reflect on how we got to this point and what it means for our school system. For me, this has been almost one year’s worth of work – a substantial time investment and a very rewarding opportunity to be involved in such a historic project. But for you the Board, and for Tom Shamblin and his staff, this has been a seven-year journey, and it some ways longer - full of up and downs to get to where we are this afternoon. I am excited for you! And I have the utmost respect for you and your diligence and patience in this lengthy process.
Also, thank you to our architects - The Lewis Group, who have been with us the entire seven years. Barry Brooke from Lawler-Woods for his wisdom and guidance, and for Steve Heatherly from Merit Construction for bringing new ideas and a new perspective to our project. As well as the expertise that Chris Sorro from C2RL brings to our team.
I am also excited and profoundly grateful to our City Commission, Mayor and City Manager for their willingness and courage to partner with us for this project. Thank you for what you have done and what you are doing.
Even though we are still not there yet, we still are relying on, and have full faith in our community, and that they see the importance and the necessity of our vision….this is a special evening.
What we are about to present to you and our community is our Master plan for the new Alcoa High School. If approved, it will serve the Alcoa Community for generations to come, much like the auditorium we are sitting in and the old high school, which are in their 8th decade of service.
If approved this new addition to our system will serve as an iconic landmark of educational exceptionalism in Alcoa, Blount County, and the state of Tennessee.