County Schools Seeking Use Of 2 Former VAAP Buildings Near Central Office

Saturday, May 11, 2013

The Hamilton County School system is applying to obtain two surplus buildings on 3.5 acres that were part of the former Volunteer Army Amunition Plant.

The property is to the rear of the county school headquarters at Bonny Oaks.

One building contains 3,856 square feet and the other 4,024 square feet.

One building is to be renovated for the virtual education division, while the other is planned to house the student services division.

Cost to fix up one building for classrooms and an office for the online program was put at $192,000.

Some 850 students are enrolled in the virtual teaching program. The building is also to be used for increased training opportunity for online teachers. There will be a computer classroom for hands-on instruction.

The expense for outfitting the other building for Student Services is estimated at $201,000. Student Services is involved in such programs as No Child Left Behind, Homebound, and Homeless. It is planned to convert student records to an electronic format and store them at this location. That would allow all of the Student Services records to be stored in one place for the first time. 

Eight to 12 staff members will be at the new school site, officials said.

There is also a parking shed on the property, but officials said it is in very poor condition and will be torn down.

The county schools will be applying for "discounted conveyance" of the two buildings pending approval of the School Board on Thursday night.   

Officials said a similar application was approved in 2011, but it was delayed due to environmental issues being resolved.

 



Red Bank High School JROTC Raider Are Tennessee State Champions

The Red Bank High School JROTC Raider are the Tennessee State Champions and also the Hamilton County Department of Education JROTC Raider Conference. The State Championship contest was held at Soddy Daisy on Sept. 23, and the Conference Championships finished on Sept. 26. (click for more)

Sharp Davis And Medlin Crowned Dorm Wars 2017 Champion

Over 1,500 Lee University students, staff, and faculty, along with community guests, filled Walker Arena and watched as Sharp Davis Hall and Medlin Hall claimed the title of victors of Dorm Wars 2017.  The female residence hall Sharp Davis emerged victorious and claimed the trophy for a second year in a row. Male residence hall Medlin Hall came back from last year’s loss ... (click for more)

$125 Million County School Building Plan Includes Shifting CSLA To Tyner Middle; Combining Tyner High/Middle; New Harrison Elementary, New East Hamilton Middle

Hamilton County School officials on Thursday unveiled a $125 million building plan that includes moving the Chattanooga School for the Liberal Arts to the current Tyner Middle School, which will undergo a major renovation. Tyner Middle will move across the street into Tyner High School. Both Tyner buildings have been under-utilized for a number of years. There will also be ... (click for more)

Signal Mountain Committee Says Pulling Away From County Schools Is "Feasible"

After eight months of investigating the viability of Signal Mountain establishing a separate school district, a committee of six has determined that it is feasible and would meet the goal of improving the education provided to students. The committee was also tasked with identifying obstacles and if possible to find ways to overcome them.  Results of the report were presented ... (click for more)

The Deer Decline At Enterprise South Nature Park

There are now 11 fewer deer to see at Enterprise Nature Park. The hunters snuck another one in secretly so as not to cause controversy.   I go to that park three or four times a week, and haven't seen any deer for months, and I used to see them all the time. They had to put out "salt licks" to attract deer from surrounding areas outside the park. Then they killed them ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: At Last! New Schools

In this me-me-me-only-me world of today, we-we-we-finally got a thrilling $125 million facility plan for the Hamilton County Department of Education on Thursday night. The School Board unanimously approved a well-thought-out “first Band-Aid” that will provide a new elementary school in Harrison, middle schools in East Hamilton and Howard, and a quite-satisfactory answer to move ... (click for more)