Maynard Elementary dedicates new ADA improvements

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Maynard Elementary has a rich history.

It was established in 1897 and is located next to Knoxville College’s campus. Monday, school administrators dedicated some new improvements to the school.

The school dedicated new handicap parking spaces, a new playground ramp, unisex bathrooms and a five-stop elevator Monday. The entire project cost about $960,000 to complete.

“We are the public school system. We’re here for everybody, regardless of somebody’s race, religion, sexual orientation, disabilities or anything else,” said Knox County Superintendent Buzz Thomas. “We open up our doors each morning and say come and learn with us and that means you.”

Thomas said the improvements will not only benefit future students who may have disabilities, but also their parents and grandparents who have trouble walking.

Mayors Madeline Rogero and Tim Burchett also joined other city and school leaders at the school to surprise teachers and say thanks for the hard work they do for Knox County’s “Thank A Teacher Week.”

“Our teachers, they have to do so many things as far as the curriculum,” said Maynard Elementary School Principal Kim Cullom. “It means a lot for someone to say thank you.”

“Thank A Teacher Week” continues until Friday. School administrators are encouraging people to post a message on Twitter or Faceebook using the hashtag #ThanksATeacherKnox.

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