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County school board selects site for new high school

Shelby County School leaders settled on a location Thursday for a new Southeast High School.

The county school board chose a plot of land near Hacks Cross and Shelby Drive. District officials say in two years the site will be the biggest high school in the state of Tennessee. The estimated price tag for the land is 5.2 million dollars.

The school board rejected an alternate site at Holmes Road and Hacks Cross, even though it would have cost just 3.1 million dollars, a 2 million dollar savings. That site is much more dense with trees and vegetation, and board members have were told it could take up to 2 million dollars to get it ready.

Hamilton Smythe, owner of the Holmes Road site, disagreed.

"I think that's questionable," he said. "I think you could get other opinions where that would not be the case. I figured it would be at least a million dollar savings."

School district officials seemed confident with their choice.

"We'll save money in the long run by using site one," said Dr. Bobby Webb, Shelby County Schools Superintendent, "because it requires a tremendous amount less site development."

District officials also say the site they rejected is not centrally located, and wasn't the ideal location for a major high school.

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