CLEVELAND, TN. (Times Free Press) -- Preparing a site at Hardwick Farms for a new elementary school would be about half a million dollars cheaper than preparing the existing airport at Hardwick Field for that use, a city staff study found.

The Cleveland school board needs to begin construction of a new elementary school soon to accommodate student population growth, board members say. But some City Council members have suggested that, rather than buying new land, the board buy the airport property from the Municipal Airport Authority.

The airport authority must sell that site as part of the local funding match for federal grants needed to build the new airport off Tasso Road.

The school board recently asked city planners and engineers to compare the two sites. They received the results Wednesday after a joint meeting with other elected bodies.

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