Update Wednesday 8:30 p.m.:
Three Campbell County students will be allowed to attend the L & N STEM Academy this fall. The Knox County Board of Education approved the move during its Wednesday evening meeting.
The students applied to attend the school known for its unique curriculum. The Academy's principal said this is the first year non-Knox County students have applied for admission.
The school board's chair, Lynne Fugate, said the agreement with the Campbell County Board of Education is the first they've been able to reach with other counties.
The three admitted students will now attend orientation on Friday. School starts on Monday, August 11.
(WBIR - Knoxville) At its Wednesday meeting, the Knox County Board of Education is expected to discuss an agreement with the Campbell County Board of Education that will allow the transfer of Campbell County students to L & N STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Academy. The push comes after three Campbell County students applied to attend the school known for its unique curriculum.
Noah Smith, 14, is one of the Campbell County students behind the push. The rising freshman has aspirations of becoming governor and eventually the President of the United States. He feels L & N STEM Academy will give him what he needs to reach his goals.
Smith said, "I feel that one of the best high school educations can be received at a STEM school and I feel that L&N is [one of the best] with their curriculum and their technology and just their learning experience."
L & N STEM Academy's principal, Becky Ashe, said the school was started four years ago with the intent of enrolling 20 percent of its students from outside of Knox County. This is the first year non-Knox County students have applied to attend the school.
Ashe said she's gotten a total of 18 applicants from students in Campbell County, Jefferson County, Sevier County, Loudon County, Maryville, and Seymour. The issue is which county will pay for the students to attend the STEM school.
If the Knox County Board of Education votes to allow the Campbell County students to attend L &N STEM Academy, the students will attend orientation on Friday, August 8, 2104. School starts on Monday, August 11, 2014.