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Plans for new Collierville high school in the works

Former Shelby County Superintendent John Aitken is now Collierville's superintendent. Former Shelby County Superintendent John Aitken is now Collierville's superintendent.
Those plans for a new high school are back on the table. Those plans for a new high school are back on the table.

(WMC-TV) - Would you approve a tax increase in order to build a new high school?

Collierville school leaders say the town continues to grow. So, they are looking at plans to build a new high school in the next few years.

Former Shelby County Superintendent John Aitken is now Collierville's superintendent.

"In my previous role, there was, in our five year capital improvement plan at Shelby County Schools, plans for a high school on the south side back in the 2007 to 2008 era," said Aitken.

Those plans for a new high school are back on the table. The process kicked off with a search for an architectural firm and property sites to determine where the new school could go.

"Next year, Collierville High School will have more than 2,000 students, at capacity," said Aitken. "The school continues to grow, and that's why school leaders want a new high school here. But in order to pay for it, they say a tax increase has to be passed by voters."

"People that have bought here in the last 35 years, in my association with Collierville, has been because of its biggest asset; we have the schools," said realtor John Green.

"You would like to know how much the increase would be, because you don't want it to be crazy insane and make sure it's going to our schools' improvement," said parent Cindy Olson.

It is too early to say where a new school would go or how much it would cost, but school leaders say the need is there. Over time, they say, the old high school could be turned into something else.

"If we needed an additional middle school, it would be a middle school," said Collierville School Board Chair Mark Hansen.

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