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Emerald Academy choses historic Moses School Building

(WBIR - North Knoxville) Knoxville's first-ever charter school is setting up roots at a historic building and the site of a former school.

The Emerald Academy announced Friday it will be located at the historic Moses School Building in Mechanicsville. The building, on the corner of Carrick Street and Hannah Avenue, is currently occupied by the Boys and Girls Club of the Tennessee Valley.

The Boys and Girls Club is building a new facility, and is selling the Moses School Building to Emerald. Officials said the building will need renovations, but is already set up to house the charter school.

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"We're here in this incredible gymnasium today. Most charters don't have that. We have an auditorium that seats roughly 200 students, said John Rysewyk, the Director of Emerald Academy. "We have plenty of room for a media center, plenty of room for a cafeteria and food and that sort of thing. To have all that under one roof, and add the historic piece to it in a historic neighborhood is the perfect gift for Christmas."

Renovations for the new Emerald Academy are set to begin in January; the school is scheduled to open in July.

Emerald Academy is accepting applications for kindergarten and first grade through the end of March.


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