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Press Release: Opening of New Buildings

Opening of New Buildings
Press Release:  August 6, 2020

The Sevier County School System is pleased to announce that the new Pigeon Forge Intermediate School will be open and ready to receive fourth, fifth, and sixth graders on Monday, August 17 (last names letters A-L) or August 18 (last names letters M-Z). Individuals with questions about the school's opening should contact Principal Wendy Patterson (wendypatterson@sevier.org). In addition, the restructuring and renovation of Pigeon Forge Junior High is complete and ready to welcome seventh, eighth, and ninth graders in Pigeon Forge on August 17 (last names letters A-L) or August 18 (last names letters M-Z). Individuals with questions about the school's opening should contact Principal Mitchell Whaley(mitchellwhaley@sevier.org).

At the same time, there will be a slight delay in opening the new building for Gatlinburg Pittman High School. Construction at the new school was delayed as a result of stretches of bad weather as well as the impact of the pandemic. Ninth graders who are scheduled for Gatlinburg Pittman Junior High will report to school on August 17 (last names letters A-L) or August 18 (last names letters M-Z) at the existing Gatlinburg Pittman High School. Seventh and eighth graders who were enrolled last school year at Catons Chapel, Pi Beta Phi, and Pittman Center will report to the old Pittman Center School at 2851 Webb's Creek Road, Sevierville, Tennessee 37876 on August 17 (last names letters A-L) or August 18 (last names letters M-Z). The old Pittman Center building was remodeled immediately following the 2016 wildfires and will provide adequate space for seventh and eighth graders scheduled to attend Gatlinburg Junior High for at least a portion of the first six weeks of the 2020-2021 school year. Individuals with questions should call the office at Gatlinburg Pittman High School, email Principal A.J. Bennett (ajbennett@sevier.org), or email Tony Ogle (tonyogle@sevier.org) at the Central Office.

Dr. Jack A. Parton stated, "This minor delay in opening the new building for Gatlinburg Pittman High School is certainly not what we planned; however, students and parents can be assured that we will provide a good solid academic program while using alternative facilities. Work on the new building will be completed as soon as possible."