New Tyner Academy approved for 96 million dollars

Mayor Weston Wamp says new building will "set a high bar" for public education

HAMILTON COUNTY, Tenn. (WDEF) — Wednesday morning, the Tyner Academy Community received an early Christmas gift courtesy of the Hamilton County Commission.

It’s one they’ve been asking for for a long time.

The commission unanimously voted in approval of the brand-new Tyner Academy, set for a price of $96 million.

The wish for renovations to the aging academy building have been ongoing, including a student walkout held on the property to protest the school’s conditions just last August.

Hamilton County Mayor Weston Wamp is excited to get the project off the ground and running and personally thanked the commissioners for their approving votes at Wednesday’s meeting.

“I think it’s going to be a place that we all are really proud of, serving a community that’s been forgotten about,” Wamp said. “But they certainly haven’t lost their swagger even as investments in that school have been overlooked for some time. My office is going to share in the pride of watching that school come out of the ground. So, thank you all and Merry Christmas.”

The Mayor’s Office has previously said that the bid on the project was approximately $17 million higher than previously projected, but the county “has the money” to make up the gap thanks to bonds from 2020 and 2021.

The mayor’s office also says the new Tyner Academy will serve 1,400 students from grades 6-12.

One woman in the Tyner community told me last week while I was here that the students simply deserve this.

And after years of walkouts, discussions and prayers, the community’s wish has finally been granted.

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