The choice was between turning students away or building to accommodate them.
So Knoxville Catholic High School officials launched a campaign to add an expansion to the school. The mandate: They couldn't borrow money to do it, and they couldn't use students' tuition.
They began soliciting funds from parents and the community in November 2006. Within months, they had $2.8 million for an academic wing that's slated for completion by Thanksgiving. It opens in the spring.
The 19,000-square-foot addition will allow the school to serve about 150 more students. The current population is 654.