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Parent, community input used in Knox school rezoning proposal

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  • Dr. Jim McIntyre explains his rezoning proposal to parents Tuesday night
  • Parents review the latest rezoning proposal Tuesday evening
    

Knox County parents and community members learned more Tuesday night about changes that could decide where their children attend school next year.

A new elementary school in Southwest Knox County will open in August 2013 to help alleviate overcrowding in parts of the county. Knox County Schools is working to redraw zoning lines for the area impacted.

"A lot of what we heard really focuses on making sure that this is a smooth transition for kids," said Knox County Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre.

KCS held several public meetings this fall to gather input from parents and community members. McIntyre used that information when drafting his latest proposal.

"We've really tried to integrate that input and that feedback into making this a rational and just good common sense plan," he said.

Parents called for a "grandfathering provision" for rising fifth graders and their siblings, which will be available if families choose to apply. However, transportation will not be provided.

Under the proposed plan, several elementary schools could see an increase or decrease in enrollment:

A.L. Lotts Elementary

  • Current enrollment: 1,103
  • Projected enrollment under new zones next fall: 839

Ball Camp Elementary

  • Current enrollment: 498
  • Projected enrollment under new zones next fall: 607

Blue Grass Elementary

  • Current enrollment: 776
  • Projected enrollment under new zones next fall: 677

Cedar Bluff Elementary

  • Current enrollment: 1,364
  • Projected enrollment under new zones next fall: 1,172

Farragut Primary

  • Current enrollment: 2,131
  • Projected enrollment under new zones next fall: 1,934

Hardin Valley Elementary

  • Current enrollment: 1,111
  • Projected enrollment under new zones next fall: 909

New School in Southwest Knox County

  • Current enrollment: 0
  • Projected enrollment under new zones next fall: 967

Some families are preparing for the move, and hope the transition will be a smooth one.

"My concern is that my child is leaving the school that she has been at for the past four years to go two years and to make another transition into middle school," said parent Sheryl Ely.

"Our planning around this transition focuses on making sure that we provide opportunities for parents and for families, in particular for children, to familiarize themselves with the school that they'll be rezoned to," McIntyre said.

To view Dr. McIntyre's latest proposal, you can visit the Knox County Schools website here.

KCS will host three more meetings for parents and community members to provide input.

Thursday, Nov. 15
Ball Camp Elementary from 6:30-8 p.m.
(9801 Middlebrook Pike)

Monday, Nov. 26
A.L. Lotts Elementary from 6-8 p.m.
(9320 Westland Drive)

Thursday, Nov. 29
Farragut Primary from 6-8 p.m.
(509 North Campbell Station Road)

KCS plans to submit a final rezoning recommendation for vote to the Board of Education by the December monthly meeting.

A principal for the new Southwest Knox County school will be appointed in January, and the student transfer window will open in February.

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