Proposed Rezoning For Knox County High Schools

Knoxville (WVLT) - This week, Knox County parents will receive a flier outlining the superintendent's proposal for re-zoning ten of the twelve county high schools.

It's happening as a result of a study done last year that looked at each school's occupancy, capacity and growth. As you might expect, it's upset some parents.

Volunteer TV's Whitney Daniel explains how that study is helping shape the future of Knox County schools.

Throughout the county, but the geographical and zoning issues needed some extra attention, and in the long run, making these changes should leave more money in the capital budget for upgrading facilities instead of building new ones.

"If you never take a step back and look at your zones system-wide, then schools like Northwest Middle that have nine schools feed into it and then those kids go out to five different high schools, that's not healthy for a community," school board chair Karen Carson said.

And, so in an attempt to better the community and the entire Knox County School System, the superintendent is proposing a re-write:

"That requires some shifting of students, but it doesn't make it any easier on parents and kids," Carson said.

But re-drawing the zone lines means re-structuring some people's lives.

"We bought our property so that our kids will go to Farragut Schools," parent Sharon Martens said.

A study of each of the county's facilities found that the board should look at zoning prior to building new schools.

"Deal with whatever overcrowding can be dealt with through zoning first, and then we can know if we need to build a new school in an area, shift, whatever we need to do," Carson said.

And doing that isn't always easy.

"It's very hard when you move intentionally into a community with your goal set on a High School, and then that zone changes, but you know, there's never a promise that a school zone won't be changed and the board is forced to look at what's best for the whole county," Carson said.

And sometimes what's best for the whole will upset a few.

"When they hear they're going to be rezoned, are going to be upset, whether they grew up in that community or they bought the property so they could go to those schools," Martens said.

The school board is starting with the high school level because they need to set the Hardin Valley High School zone. Once the fliers are sent to the post office, the school board will post the proposal on their website.

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  • by w.k Location: bearden on Apr 18, 2007 at 02:01 PM
    luckly we are not affected by the proposed rezoning this time but we were with the first proposal. i still find the rezoning unfair and unacceptible. the overcrowding problem is in the farragut and karns area. your proposal is based on regrowth in popultation in these areas over the next ten years and that study has shown that the areas in which will have a growth in population are the farragut,karns and hardin valley can you justify taking children from a zone where there is no future growth,such as, new subdivisions,in those ares.the location of the new hardin valley high school should be filled with students from karns and farragut.they are closer to the new school than any other zone.also,the proposed number of students being sent from farragut is not acceptable.the overcrowding of farragut is only going to grow over the next ten years,just as the studies have shown,but farragut has been affected the least by the rezonig.that is absurd, more subdivisions are being built in the farragut and hardin valley area everyday.lets be fair about this rezoning needs to be evaluated again.all of the other schools zones need to be left alone and concentrate on movins students who are closest to the new high school.taking students from west and sending them to bearden,and taking students from bearden and sending them to karns is not solving the problem.if you take 300 or so students from bearden and send them to west and turn around and send 300 students from west to bearden,what are you solving the student population isnt changing.examples such as these should be considered.the whole rezoning proposal is not solving any overcrowding at any school,the way the schoolboard as presented it anyway.
  • by L.D. Location: Rocky Hill on Apr 18, 2007 at 12:35 AM
    Because of the new school zone changes and changes in our society as a whole, I have decided to home school my child. We are zoned for Bearden Middle and West High School. Neither one of which is an option for us. I have had several discussions with Bearden Middle and West High parents and it is unanimous that overcrowding, gangs, drugs, weapons, foul language and lack of respect for fellow peers and faculty are just a few of the problems they are experiencing now. What we need to realize is that it is not just with one or two schools; it is throughout the entire school system. Just because you change the school zone,it doesn't fix the problem. The teachers spend more time trying to be parents and referees rather than teaching students because they have no control over the children's actions. The children are out of control because we have no control as parents. This is not the teacher's fault nor is it his/her job. That is our job and duty as parents. Disipline and respect starts at home and carries over to school and throughout your child's life. When you submerge a school with children that have no disipline at home, no respect for themselves or anyone else, you will have more suspensions, more disiplinary actions, and exhausted teachers, faculty and staff. I may not have a master's degree, but I can certainly teach my child how to become a man, love and respect himself and others, be a spritual, loving human being, all without prejudice or disrespectfulness towards others. I know that with this knowledge and our guidance he will be a valuable asset to our society rather than a disadvantage.


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