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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