I blogged a day or so ago about the lunacy of the Knox County School District considering relocation of the Central Office to the Standard Knitting Mill site. Mike ‘da career killa’ Donila posted yesterday here about the square foot rent the Schools pay at the Downtown AJ Building. He is correct, come to find out they pay right at $5.15 a square foot and that includes utilities.
This ain’t the first time that Knox County Schools has been enamored with the old underwear and sock production facility. Flashback 20 years to 1992, a great idea of building University High and closing Fulton and Austin East and merging the two. So what happened? School Boarder Sam Anderson and County Commissioner Madeline Rogero caved to public pressure and scrutiny to not merge the two schools into one University High.
Instead, millions of dollars were spent renovating and expanding Fulton High School and millions more on improvements at Austin East. Those millions in expenditures have not turned around test scores. So why now consider moving the school bureaucracy to a piece of crap big box in an abandoned blighted community? Every 20 years school superintendents and school boarders come and go and they keep revisiting proposals that are too costly and will not improve student test scores, graduation rates or the like. It makes no sense.