Leaders discuss future of Rule High School

5:10 PM, Jul 24, 2013   |    comments
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(WBIR - Knoxville) Local leaders are teaming up to talk about the future of a former school that has fallen on hard times.

Rule High School in Northwest Knoxville closed in 1991 due to low enrollment. It has remained vacant ever since.

The Community Design Center met with members of the city, board of education and county commission on Wednesday.

Earlier this year, the center got public input about possible future uses for the site. They say many alumni want to keep the school and redevelop the property.

While there's been no decision on the next step, there is universal agreement that some change is needed.

"Something's gotta be done. It just can't stay the way it is, that's kind of what came out of this meeting. It's right now a detriment to that neighborhood and needs to be advanced," said Leslie Fawaz.

Leaders say the school site is unsafe and in need of repairs. The Community Design Center says the next step is for the school board to decide if it will sell the property or some part of it.

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