Pond Gap Building Renovations Complete
Pond Gap Elementary has completed an $8.6 million, 58,000 square foot construction project. Knox County Schools leaders, local legislators, community partners, students and staff celebrated with a ribbon cutting on Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017.
Initial emphasis was put on the completion of a classroom wing to provide nine new classrooms and restrooms for kindergarten, first, second and third graders. This allowed students in portable classrooms to move inside the building. The removal of the portable classroom buildings enabled the contractors to complete the project.
In addition to the classrooms and restrooms listed above the project includes a secure vestibule and front entrance facing Papermill Road, administration and guidance suites, new special education classroom suite, a gymnasium, art and music rooms, a media center and a cafeteria with kitchen. New bus drive and car drop off locations were also created.
After completion of the classroom wing, and during construction of the remainder of the building, Pond Gap also celebrated the installation of a nearly $80,000 playground. The playground’s existence is a testament to the pride and spirit of the Pond Gap community. Where once there was a rusty swing set and two basketball goals, now is some truly incredible equipment. Organizations like Bearden Rotary, 100 Women Who Care, Bearden Beer Market and the PTA, along with community members, donated money and Knox County Schools paid for two playground pieces and to relocate the space.
The Lewis Group Architects created the vision and K&F Construction Company brought the vision to life.