Knox County Schools officials are getting closer to a final plan that would impact hundreds of students and their families in parts of West Knoxville.
After several community meetings to discuss elementary school rezoning, Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre discussed an updated draft plan with the board of education this week.
School officials say a new school in southwest Knox County, slated to open next fall, will help relieve some of the over-enrollment.
Dr. McIntyre took the input gathered from parents and community members, and introduced a new plan to the board this week. It covers seven nearby existing elementary schools. The rezoning could impact 1,700 students.
One big question from both parents and board members is how families affected by the change will transition students to new schools, and it could impact the move from elementary, middle, and high school.
"It's always tough on people when they have to change from a school that they've invested in heavily with their children and change them to another school. So I think we can't overlook those issues, but we need to make sure we try to achieve some balance and some plans that make sense," said board of education member Karen Carson.
Dr. McIntyre will be hosting a series of public meetings to again discuss the rezoning draft proposal.
Tuesday, November 13 at Cedar Bluff Elementary from 6-8 p.m.
Thursday, November 15 at Ball camp Elementary from 6:30-8 p.m.
Monday, November 26 at A.L. Lotts Elementary from 6-8 p.m.
Thursday, November 29 at Farragut Primary from 6-8 p.m.