A new elementary school in Roane County is attracting attention for what happening inside and outside of its walls.
Dyllis Springs Elementary School in Oliver Springs opened its doors to students for the first time ever last week. More than 400 children attend classes in a new building that uses geothermal energy and other energy efficient building materials.
While many parents are excited to have their children attend the school, some say they would like to see problems affecting traffic congestion at the school fixed.
"Not only is it afflicting the local farm community, but it is also afflicting the whole community," said Dyllis Springs parent Michelle French.
Monday, a line of cars with parents waiting to pick up their students stretched from the school's gymnasium out to Ollis Road and Old Harriman Highway. French said traffic has been backed up in the area since the school started last week.
She said she would like to see the school ask drivers to enter the campus from another direction to cut down on congestion.
"If they go away from it [Old Harriman Highway] that alleviates 100 percent of the issue," French said.
Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes said the school district is looking at multiple ways it can fix the problem. Aytes told 10News, the school has even considered widening Ollis Road, where the school is located.
"We are working with the road superintendent to see what we can do to change the layout of the road," he said.
However, Aytes is asking parents to help with the problem as well. Dyllis Springs administration said some parents actually line up at the school at 1 p.m..
School does not let out until 3:15 p.m..
He said if less parents arrive early, traffic congestion should go down.
"If you just wait, then things we'll be much easier," Aytes said.
He said the school district expects to have an answer to the problem some time within the next six weeks. Aytes also said traffic is typically a bit worse near Roane County schools during the beginning of the school year.