Some posters here appear to think that this school rezoning proposal under consideration is routine. It isn't. A systemwide school rezoning proposal of the sort under consideration now has NEVER BEFORE been suggested by Knox County Schools.
Several school communities slated for rezoning, including my own, have no overcrowding or underutilization problems either one, but are nevertheless included in the community-wrecking shuffle.
ARE PEOPLE AWARE THAT THIS SYSTEMWIDE REZONING PROPOSAL IS A FIRST? THAT IT IS DESTROYING COMMUNITIES, AND DESTROYING SOME OF THEM COMPLETELY WITHOUT REASON?
Read more after the jump...
Interim Superintendent Mullins on KCS website, April 10:
"Any rezoning action may be painful to those students who are concerned," said Mullins. "Unfortunately, we do have to rezone from time to time to alleviate school crowding and to make better use of our facilities. Overtime our population and our facilities can become unbalanced, and we have never had a comprehensive rezoning in Knox County to address this issue."
But my community's high school is *not* overcrowded, Mr. Mullins, and the only reason adjacent Karns High, where you want to send us, is underutilized is because your boneheaded school board caved in to some noisy Karns High parents who demanded a brick-and-mortar solution to their temporary overcrowding problem three years back.
In November, 2004, at a time Karns High relied on NOT ONE PORTABLE BUILDING and had HVHS funding secured to build a new high school by 2008, the board voted to build a Karns High addition to appease parents. A Karns High project was not on the KCS Five-Year Capital Plan, even in the "Project Costs Beyond Five-Year Plan" column, but suddenly appeared at the head of the list.
I was at that November public forum, telling the board that overcrowding at Karns High was a temporary problem that should be remedied by a temporary measure, namely portable classrooms. I told them that, after HVHS opened, they would be left with a big, half-empty building.
They built it anyway. Now they're preparing to empty Karns High and "make better use of" that big, half-empty building I told them they didn't need. They're destroying my community to do it, just yanking our Powell school population westward.
They call it efficiency, I call it CYA. What about you? Do you have comparable "if we build it, they will come" stories to share? Has school rezoning been "invited" in your community?
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