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School system ready to buy land for NW Knox County elementary school

The school board will vote May 13 on the land purchase.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Knox County Schools is poised to buy land in the Karns area for a new elementary school.

The school board is set to vote May 13 on a proposal to buy what amounts to three tracts totaling about 29 acres on Coward Mill Road in Northwest Knox County for $2.35 million from Lillian J. Redmon, documents show. The land has been in the Redmon family's hands for decades.

The purchase is part of the school system's capital budget.

The board has a work session May 6.

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The Karns and Solway Road areas have seen obvious residential growth the past five years. Traffic is on the rise as is demand for government services.

Credit: WBIR
KCS plans to buy land for a new elementary school on Coward Mill Road.

A new elementary school for the northwest part of the county is one of several on the system's capital plan. It's meant to help relieve crowding at Karns Elementary and at Hardin Valley Elementary.

The land up for purchase is between Pellissippi Parkway to the west and Hawk Haven Lane to the east. 

The contract calls for two of the tracts -- at 10525 and 10529 Coward Mill -- to change hands by March 2021. Redmon can turn over the third tract at 10515 Coward Mill before March 2021 at her discretion, according to the contract.

There are homes or a barn on the tracts, records show.

Redmon signed the sales contract April 16.

The school's design will next in the 2020/21 fiscal year. Depending on when Knox County Schools is able to put the project out for bid, construction could start in a year, according to spokeswoman Carly Harrington.

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