Announcement Expected Next Week On Launch Of STEM School By County Schools

Governor Expected To Attend Event At Chattanooga State

Friday, March 09, 2012

An announcement is expected next week on the launch of a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) School by the Hamilton County Schools on the campus of Chattanooga State Community College campus.

Rick Smith, county school superintendent, told members of the Brainerd Kiwanis Club on Friday that Governor Bill Haslam is expected to attend the event. School officials have been pursuing a $1.85 million state grant for the project.

The superintendent said the innovative new school will be in 17,000 square feet of space in the Wacker Training Center.

That is located in the Olan Mills building that Chattanooga State bought in 2010.

He said the school will be in a "modular format" and the only fixed space in the entire school will be a science laboratory.

Proponents said they are seeking private funding to renovate the 17,000-square-foot facility. That cost was put at $500,000-$750,000.

The first-year operating cost was put at $2.1 million, with the county schools supplying $425,000 and Chattanooga State providing $783,5000 in cash and in-kind services. The budget also includes $410,000 from local business partners and $496,000 in grants.

The school is expected to open in August with 75 freshman students. The unorthodox school would grow to 300 students 9-12 in four years.

Officials earlier said there would initially be six teachers and that would grow to nine by the second year.

Mr. Smith said early in his term as superintendent he visited a STEM school in Ohio. He said he spoke with one student who said she considers her school day to be "24/7." He said she told him, "I am accountable for my education." 


Police Chief Fletcher Announces Picks For Top Leadership

Police Chief Fred Fletcher Wednesday made his picks for top leadership, releasing the names of 15 newly promoted individuals from within the Chattanooga Police Department. This announcement comes several weeks after Chief Fletcher was appointed.  “I am honored to announce today’s promotions," said Chief Fletcher.  "Together these individuals have served our community ... (click for more)

Corker Says Probe To Point Directly At Russia

Appearing on MSNBC’s Daily Rundown on Wednesday to discuss the missile strike on Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine, Senator Bob Corker said the investigation is “going to point directly at Russia.” He said there is bipartisan support for the U.S. “to act alone without Europe” in expanding existing sanctions against significant Russian entities in the energy, financial ... (click for more)

The Truth From Weston’s Sister - And Response (4)

I try not to read the negative articles and opinions about my older brother. Growing up around politics, I learned a long time ago that thick skin is not only necessary, it’s paramount. But this time, the lies and the rumors and the inaccurate information has gone too far. It’s too ridiculous for me to ignore. So let’s clear a few things up: Weston and I do not “come ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Say It Ain't So, Larry Joe!

Larry Joe Wheelon, the tainted horse trainer who was charged with 18 counts of aggravated animal cruelty when his barn was raided in April of 2013 and some animals were sored so badly that they could barely walk, finally went to a court hearing in Blount County on Wednesday and his steps toward Judge Tammy Harrington’s bench were decidedly heavy. My goodness, yours would have been ... (click for more)

Mocs Picked First In SoCon Polls

The Chattanooga Mocs football team is the pick of litter in the Southern Conference. Coming off its first league title since 1984, the SoCon coaches and media deemed the Mocs the team to beat in 2014.   “It means we have good players,” Head Coach  Russ Huesman  said. “There is a long way to go from now until late November (when the regular season ends). ... (click for more)

Soddy-Daisy's Wright Commits To MTSU Baseball

Soddy-Daisy’s Andy Wright, a rising senior and dual-threat player, has made a non-binding verbal commitment to play baseball at Middle Tennessee State University. Wright, a pitcher/third baseman, chose the Conference USA Blue Raiders over Belmont, Air Force, Navy, UT-Martin and Carson-Newman. “I’m glad to get this (decision) off my back so I can enjoy my senior year,” Wright ... (click for more)