Dickson schools got some room to grow on Monday with the approval of a nearly 17-acre addition to school property.

The board first considered the purchase in September, when superintendent Jeff Colclasure told board members about the opportunity. He said the school’s location against two major highways means useful expansion that does not cross a road is difficult, and construction on existing land is limited. “We have a huge campus, but we don’t have much buildable land,” he told the board in September.

According to information from the Carter County Assessor’s website, the northwestern edge of the expansion property has access to Comet Road across from the baseball field and a 1,310-square-foot building, something board members have discussed removing. To the south, existing property connects to an undeveloped piece of the expansion near the upper elementary school.

Colclasure in September noted a ravine that may impact the ability to build on a small portion of the land, but says a vast majority of the property has only a gentle slope. The undeveloped nature of most of the property presents a unique situation for the school district.