How is Powell High School getting the nicest sign in Knox County for free? Dr. Chad Smith is the answer. When a proven leader decides he wants his school to be the best in Knoxville, then that’s exactly what happens. Dr. Smith approached the Enhance Powell Committee of the PBPA with an idea for a new sign and they said: “Yes!” The digital reader board will come from the money generously given by the Haslam Foundation. The plan was to place the new digital reader board, which will serve as a communication tool for all three schools, on the old outdated medal pole sign currently in place. Dr. Smith sat down with Enhance Powell co-chairs Justin Bailey and Sandra Clark who devised a plan to put the entire project together with community stakeholders. The ultimate win is that not one penny of the sign came at a cost to tax payers. Baseball coach, Jay Scarbro, reached out to Aaron Broyles with General Shale who donated the brick and matched it to the schools color scheme. Cara Knapp, with SK3 Architects, donated the architectural design work (pictured above). Josh Sellers, with The Depot Printing and Clover Cottage, donated the graphic design work of the sign. The labor, which will be subbed out by Knox County Schools to Stooksbury Construction, was completely paid for by Powell High School Alumni Association and Powell Business and Professional Association. Brandon Stooksbury with Stooksbury Construction donated the block, sand and mortar for the project at no cost to Knox County. It’s no secret that there are schools in Knox County with deeper pockets than ours. However, the special thing about Powell High School is the commitment of it’s local business leaders and organizations. You won’t find another school in Knox County with a more loyal community backing.
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