Tamara Shepherd e-mails:
I learned just today [ed. note: yesterday on Thursday] what the full scope of this year's Knox County Schools rezoning effort will be: 11 of 12 county high schools, with corresponding changes in middle school and elementary school lines! I spoke by phone with Rick Grubb, Assistant Superintendent of Transportation for KCS, who says a 12,000 piece mailing is underway now. Staff will work tomorrow (although they're closed for Good Friday) and Saturday (also closed, of course), completing the mailing on Monday. All victims should be in-the-know by Tuesday, April 10. It's the biggest rezoning effort here in many years.
Apparently, it involves every Knox County school except South-Doyle. Tamara also notes that there is no public discussion planned for eight of the nine board meetings, and that the public will only have 48 hours to respond before the final vote on May 2nd.
Schedule and more info after the jump...
April/May Schedule for School Board Mtgs
(Rezoning/Oper Budget/Cap Budget)
The School Board will decide this month where the Hardin Valley High School zone line will be and what surrounding schools (elementary, middle, and high) will also be impacted. All zone changes adopted will become effective for the Fall, 2008 school year.
Per the schedule of upcoming events shared at the 4/2 School Board Work Session, the following meetings on the subject are planned:
Wednesday, 4/4 at 4:00 pm & 5:00 pm--Joint Meeting at 4:00 pm, School Board and County Commission, to discuss Operating Budget (Small Assembly Room, City-County Bldg.), followed by School Board Regular Meeting at 5:00 pm (Large Assembly Room, same location). A public forum is part of this second meeting.
Tuesday, 4/10--Per School Board Chair Karen Carson, school system central office to announce their recommendations on rezoning (School Board still must approve those) through a 12,000 piece mailing to students/families potentially affected by rezoning at 11 of 12 high schools (all but South-Doyle). Also per Carson, mailings will go to families of elementary, middle, and high school students, all. Watch your mailbox.
Wednesday, 4/11 at 9:00 am--Joint Meeting, School Board and County Commission, to discuss Capital Budget (1st floor Board Room, Andrew Johnson Bldg.). A public forum *is not* part of this meeting.
Wednesday, 4/18 at 5:00 pm--School Board Mid-month Work Session (changed location for this month only is to Large Assembly Room, City-County Bldg.). Acting Superintendent Roy Mullins will present the central office's recommendations on rezoning. A public forum *is not* part of this meeting.
Monday, 4/30 at 5:00 pm--School Board Work Session (changed location for this month only is to Large Assembly Room, City-County Bldg.). A public forum *is* part of this meeting.
Wednesday, May 2 at 5:00 pm--School Board Regular Meeting (usual location, Large Assembly Room, City-County Bldg.). The board will vote on rezoning at this meeting. A public forum *is* part of this meeting.
Additionally, Acting Superintendent Mullins is still in the process of setting up three meetings at which he will discuss operating budget matters with School Board members three-at-a-time. It is not yet clear which School Board members will attend which of the three meetings, but the dates/times of the meetings will be Monday, 4/9 (1:30 pm - 3:00 pm), Tuesday, 4/10 (9:00 am - 10:30 am), and Wednesday, 4/11 (10:30 am - 12:00 pm), all in the Superintendent's Office conference room. These small-group meetings are also open to the public.
Finally, at the 4/2 Work Session, School Board Chair Karen Carson suggested that in any School Board district including schools the central office recommends rezoning, the School Board member representing that/those schools should make a point of scheduling his own district-level or school-level meetings with constituents. Contact your School Board member to urge him/her to do so.
Anyone wishing to speak at the 4/30 School Board meeting to include a public forum may register in advance by phoning School Board Secretary Janice Myers at 594-1630, or may register on the day of the meeting, up until five minutes before the meeting is scheduled to begin.
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