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(WBIR) This week, the Knox County Board of Education will vote whether to allow a few students from Campbell County to attend L&N STEM Academy in Knoxville.

During Monday night's work session, three rising high school freshman spoke to the board about why they want to join the next class at L&N.

"This opportunity for us is a once in a lifetime opportunity," said Noah Smith. "It is so great, that we are willing to do anything to be able to attend. This school will give us many opportunities to not only ensure our personal success in the future, but to help us guide students, teens, and adults to better their educational desires and to impact their lives tremendously."

Knox County Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre said the STEM Academy was always intended to serve as a regional school, and up to 20 percent of students enrolled can come from other communities outside Knox County.

Those students from Campbell County are the first to apply, and the local school board there will foot the bill for those students to attend in Knoxville.

"This is the first time we have a school board from another community who is wiling to enter into an agreement with us and pay for their students to go to the L&N STEM Academy," McIntyre said. "But as you heard from the students tonight, they see it for what it is: A really extraordinary opportunity to get a great education in the STEM disciplines."

The board will vote on the student's enrollment at L&N on Wednesday night. If approved, they will attend orientation at the STEM Academy on Friday, and the first day of school on Monday.

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