Pellissippi State and Knox County are one step closer to opening a magnet school.

Knox County commissioners met Monday for a work session and approved a lease agreement with the Tennessee Board of Regents on behalf of Pellissippi State Community College's Strawberry Plains Pike campus building.

The new school, called the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Magnet High School at Pellissippi State, is expected to open next fall. The school's focus areas will be in teacher preparations, homeland security, sustainable living, and advanced manufacturing.

The school board approved a plan back in September to allocate nearly $4 million to a new magnet high school.

Monday, they approved a contract for construction of the new school for almost $2.8 million.