Parents Unhappy with Rezoning Plan

Knoxville (WVLT) - Some school board members offered their own changes, aimed at calming parents and students concerns.

But Volunteer TV's Gordon Boyd tells us that what the board approved, barely, is identical to the plan the acting superintendent "tweaked" late last week.

Think of it as extended grandfathering, aimed at keeping families, friendship ties and lines of learning intact.

But Wednesday night, dozens of folks affected, made clear, with their signs, with their voices, that you can't fix something they consider fundamentally flawed from the get-go.

Several have nicknamed the elementary and middle school students in rezoned neighborhoods: "The Targeted Ten Percent".

"You're splitting them up. Sending them to different schools. Moving them to places they really don''t want to be," says 13-year-old Nick Rose, who has been rezoned from Powell to Central.

"A supportive school community will have a viable mix of families that can support one another.
That's the kind of school community we had before re-zoning," says Tamara Shepherd, whose children are grandfathered, but still opposes plan.

As approved, the rezoning would take affect when the new Hardin Valley High School opens in the fall of next year.

Student's who'd be juniors and seniors then, could finished where they started, rather than have to transfer.

Sophomores would have to transfer.

If you're a student rezoned to a high school other than Hardin Valley, you could finish where you started, sophomore or not.

That's the grandfathering.

If you opt for it, your younger brothers and sisters could go to that same old high school too, provided they'd be in the sixth grade, starting middle school, by fall, next year.

Some grandfathered families still don't like the plan.

Some welcome the rezoning, but they'd rather start there, than somewhere else, and then have to transfer.

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  • by Christina Location: Knoxville on Jun 1, 2007 at 11:21 PM
    My daughter is very upset about this rezoning this is stupid for once in her life she was going to go to the same school as her favorite cousin but no just because of some stupid new school.She is very very upset now!
  • by Chris Location: Knoxville on May 16, 2007 at 06:36 PM
    The acting Superintendent admitted that NO STUDIES in student safety or costs of transportation were done. Still, the School Board passed the plan with no amendments.
  • by Knox County Citizen Location: Knoxville, Tennessee on May 3, 2007 at 09:14 PM
    I'm really tired of hearing about students attending schools outside of their "neighborhoods." How about the students that have to attend Holston Middle School? Many of those students live as many as twenty-five miles away from their "neighborhoods." There was NO discussion about the closing of Gibbs Middle School. A new Gibbs Middle School should have been built years ago! How about a property tax increase or decrease in salaries of county officials to fund that project?
  • by EllieMae Location: Knoxville on May 3, 2007 at 07:44 PM
    Were new bussing routes even considered by the school board? The gerrymandering will result in more taxpayer money being wasted on longer bussing routes.


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