School Board Discusses Hardin Valley Rezoning

By: Whitney Daniel
By: Whitney Daniel

Knoxville (WVLT) - A plan to pull students from Farragut and Karns and move them to a new Knox County high school is on hold.

It's a move that isn't sitting well with board members or with parents.

Volunteer TV's Whitney Daniel explains why waiting may be the board's best option.

Over the past few months, parents in the effected zones have brought a number of issues to the board's attention.

Issues the board hadn't even thought about.

With that in mind, the Superintendent is asking the board to pull their vote for re-zoning off Wednesday's agenda.

"Build it and they will come," that's been the mentality of the Knox County School Board from the beginning.

Now, filling in the concrete may be easier than filling the halls of Hardin Valley High School.

"It depends on where you live... on what they're for and against," says Thomas Deakins, 6th District School Board Representative.

After a series of community meetings, the school board is learning that many parents don't want their kids attending the new school.

"We would have to go Campbell Station Road which is quite curvy and a dangerous road right now and I don't know if there are any plans to fix that," says parent Dena Reed.

Transportation, athletics, and academics.

"We know we'll have the standard Knox County curriculum, but what courses will we have, will we have honors classes, AP classes?" Deakins says.

The "unknowns" don't stop there, the board wants to hire a principal, then work out an operation budget and set a curriculum, all with hopes of enticing more to attend.

"Concerned, I'm not. Because I think those in charge are doing what they need to do. I sure woudln't want the job, everybody's going to have an opinion one way or another," says Farragut resident Joyce Zabo.

"It's really quite confusing, it seems to change day to day, and it's hard to keep up with," says Reed.

It's even harder for the school board to keep up with, that's why they say postponing is the best option.

"Because I don't think a rush decision is good and the last thing we would ever want to do is come back and try to amend that decision," says Deakins.

The board hopes to vote on a decision by the end of the school year. That way, parents will still have a 12-14 month notice before the new school opens, which is still set for August 2008.


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