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Collierville leaders discuss plan to build new high school

(Source: Collierville Municipal Schools) (Source: Collierville Municipal Schools)

A proposal for a new high school in Collierville needs just one vote to pass.

The new school would cover 160 to 180 acres of land near the intersection of Sycamore Road and East Shelby Drive.

"I'm not really crazy about it, honestly I live on the other side of Collierville-- actually, on the edge-- so it will be challenging to get across town," said Collierville mother of two, Sandy McDaniel.

Collierville school leaders say they considered about 10 locations across the city, but insisted they had made the best choice.

"Infrastructure is here. Shelby Drive is being improved," explained Collierville Superintendent John Aitken. "It has sufficient acreage obviously, and this is where the growth is going to be."

The idea is to build a school to hold about three thousand students with enough room to make that expansion easy.

School leaders plan for the new facility to open in Fall 2018.

A 20 cent property tax hike would pay for the $99 million school, meaning it would cost about $200 more per year in taxes if you own a $200 thousand home.

"Nobody likes higher taxes, but I think the benefit of all this, first of all, it's going to be a huge boom to this community," Aitken added. "I think property values are only going to go up."

Residents seem to understand the reasoning behind the higher taxes.

"You have to pay for it somehow, so I think it's a good thing," McDaniel said.

Plans could be set in motion by June 22 with final approval by the Collierville Board of Aldermen.

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