County School Board Approves Open Enrollment At 7 Schools

Thursday, December 13, 2018

The County School Board on Thursday approved a resolution setting open enrollment at  seven county schools.

They include Dalewood Middle School, Howard Middle School, Lookout Valley Middle/High School, Red Bank Middle School, Rivermont Elementary School, Soddy Daisy Middle School and Woodmore Elementary School.

Rivermont was approved for open enrollment in 2017.

Board members Steve Highlander and Rhonda Thurman voted no, saying there were still some unanswered questions.

Dr.

Justin Robertson said parents will be required to attend an orientation session.

He said there will be a point system and students with too many infractions can be sent back to their home schools.

Ms. Thurman said the system would work better if the principals had some say-so over which students were accepted. Jenny Hill said there should be no pre-requisites, including "color of skin." Ms. Thurman said she was not referring to race.

Dr. Robertson said there had been "no guard rails" put in place when Rivermont went open enrollment. He said it has been a success with 75 students now in the kindergarten program. 

The name for the new Howard Middle School will be Howard Connect Academy.

The board approved a $5.9 million low bid by P&C Construction for a new Howard High football field and track.

The project will also include stadium seating, concessions and restrooms.

Justin Witt said the low bidder is a minority firm. 

 


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