Plans move forward for new Lincoln Heights Elementary School

The Hamblen County Commission’s Education Committee approved a request from the school system to move forward in the construction of a new Lincoln Heights Elementary School – with plans to open the school by 2024.

Dr. Jeff Perry, school superintendent, says the school would be built on 32 acres of land they have an option to purchase on property on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway near highway 160.

The school would be large enough to house about 600 students. $22 million of the nearly $27 million project would come from county money, through a future bond issuance, with the remainder of the money from ESSER 3.0 funds.ESSER stands for Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief fund. Tennessee public schools will receive over $4.5 billion in federal relief funding that can be used through the fall of 2023 to support K-12 schools and students across the state.

The motion for final approval on the project from the full commission will come up August 19.