KENTON COUNTY, Tenn.
— The Tennessee Department of Education has announced that it has agreed to allow a new district to open in the city of Knoxville to provide additional resources for the district.
The decision comes a day after a coalition of students, parents and community members announced the formation of a task force to evaluate the district’s educational mission.
The new school will be called Knoxville High School and will be funded by a grant from the state Department of Economic and Community Development, which is also contributing a $1.4 million grant.
The grant will cover the construction of a new cafeteria and a new building to house the district office.
The state also awarded $200,000 in scholarships to help the district transition to a new website.
The task force has already found a home for the new school, with a vote of confidence from school board members Tuesday.
The school district has been under fire for several years over its school funding.
In January, a coalition formed by parents and students petitioned the school district to end the practice of awarding free tuition to students who attend a charter school.
That petition was met with a long list of complaints from the school board.
The coalition has since been backed by the Knoxville City Council, with the council last week approving a resolution to remove the district from the charter list.