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Part of an old elementary school, slated for demolition, will be saved thanks to a vote at Wednesday night's Knox County Board of Education meeting.

Board members approved a lease agreement between the district and the Boys and Girls Club that will allow that group to use the old Carter Middle School gym, and a portion of the old Carter Elementary school, for Boys and Girls club activities.

Knox County Schools plans to demolish the rest of the old Carter Elementary school at a later date.

Knox County Schools Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre said the district was excited to enter into a partnership with the Boys and Girls Club.

"We try to work with lots of different community organizations to provide opportunities for the growth and development or our kids," he said.

The district said it's hopeful both the demolition and partial renovation of Carter Elementary school will be finished by the new school year.

The board also amended its advertising and solicitation policy at Wednesday's meeting. The policy change says religious organizations cannot be excluded from sending information home about events in the community. However, any material that is passed out by a religious group may not have a specific religious message.

The school board also voted to put disclaimers on outside groups' materials. McIntyre said the disclaimer will say the district does not endorse or support the message stated on a outside group's material.

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