Historic Belle Morris Elementary celebrates a new addition

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Knoxville, Tenn. (WVLT)-- A big addition to Belle Morris Elementary School could help with overcrowded classrooms in the upcoming school year.

The $2.4 million renovations to the historical school include a 17,000-square-foot two-story addition; sever new classrooms with natural day-lighting; a new art room, music room, and a Geo-thermal HVAC system.

Lynne Fitzpatrick, Assistant Principal said, "Teachers are very excited! Teachers are now in a brand new space, whereas before they were in a portable."

New this year, the 100 year old school will also have a full-time resource officer.

Terry Lynn Hursey- Principal of Belle Morris explained, "It is security for our children. It's important for our children to feel safe at school."

Knox County schools start August 11.

School officials said Belle Morris has had overcrowding problems, with about 30 kids crammed into some classrooms. School officials said with the addition, they'll only have about 16 kids per classroom.

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