Dyllis Springs design snags top state honor

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By Damon Lawrence

Cope Associates won first-place for new school construction in the elementary category at the Tennessee School Boards Association annual convention.


The architectural firm, which has offices in Knoxville and Nashville, won for its design of Dyllis Springs Elementary School in Roane County.

“I knew we were going to win when I saw the competition,” Roane County Board of Education Chairman Rob Jago said.

Dyllis Springs was misspelled on the award, but Jago said he didn't mind.

“When I saw it, I said something's wrong with it, but that's all right,” he said. “We did win first place.”

The TSBA recognizes architectural firms for excellence in design with the awards.

The five categories are new school construction of elementary, middle and high schools, renovations and the People's Choice award.

Cope Associates won second place in the high school category for Van Buren High School in Van Buren County.

The TSBA also recognized Roane County Schools for the Healthier Schools Challenge.

The goal of the challenge is to motivate school board members, school administrators, faculty, parents and students to cre-
ate healthier school environments.

The challenge has 12 criteria to complete.

Roane County received platinum recognition for completing 11 of the 12 and was awarded $5,000.

Site109, a band with Roane County student members, performed for nearly 600 people attending the TSBA awards luncheon earlier this month in Nashville.

Bassist Dakota Cowell, drummer Adam Klinker and electric guitarist Colby Ross are students at Midway High School.

They are joined by Meigs County sisters Ashley Clark, vocalist, and Ally Clark.

After their performance, National School Boards Association President C. Ed Massey asked Site109 to perform for the national meeting in San Diego in the spring.