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  • School board denies application, organizers prepare to answer Published 8/8/2011 at 11:13 a.m. 0 comments

    Blount County School Board has decided not to get into the charter school business. The Innovative Education Partnership, who are proposing a science, technology, engineering and math charter school called Hope Academy, aren’t giving up and plan to try again ...

  • New leadership: Many schools will see new faces at the top Published 8/1/2011 at 10:30 a.m. 0 comments

    There is always a chance for new things to happen when there are changes in leadership. The new schools director at Alcoa City Schools says it’s also a time of optimism. Brian Bell took over for Tom Shamblin at the ...

  • Parents hear plans, specifics of proposed charter school Published 8/1/2011 at 10:22 a.m. 0 comments

    Response to a call for a new charter school in Blount County has been described as strong, and a decision on whether it will move forward will come in three days. The Blount County School Board will vote on a ...

  • Families meet, greet Hope Academy founders at Everett Park Published 7/27/2011 at 1:45 p.m. 0 comments

    Interest is at a high level for a charter school in Blount County in advance of a school board meeting Thursday, Aug. 4, at which the application of the Hope Academy will be voted up or down, according to organizers. ...

  • New Maryville teachers welcomed at annual breakfast Published 7/25/2011 at 11:21 a.m. 0 comments

    New teachers for the Maryville City School System may have studied their handbooks, but school board member Charles West threw some new rules at them on Friday morning. West was the keynote speaker for the annual new teachers’ breakfast, held ...

  • A Q&A with Hope Academy Published 7/20/2011 at 12:42 p.m. 0 comments

    With interest high in the proposal for a charter school in Blount County, there are also many questions that Blount Today readers and the community have expressed. Blount Today offered to give the members of the Hope Academy organizing team ...

  • Working on Hope: Charter school expert, executive director share their thoughts Published 7/13/2011 at 4:14 p.m. 2 comments

    With the possibility of a charter school -- the state’s first suburban charter school -- coming to Blount County, both the public and the county’s educational leaders are full of questions. In listening, the public’s questions seem to be “what ...

  • Public meetings planned for Maryville City School zoning Published 7/6/2011 at 4:06 p.m. 2 comments

    When Coulter Grove Intermediate School opens in July of 2012, zoning will be required to accommodate the new 4-7 grade configuration, along with some adjustments needed in Maryville City Schools elementary zones. As requested by parents in sessions last spring, ...

  • Blount County School Board gets first look at Hope Academy application Published 6/22/2011 at 3:56 p.m. 0 comments

    Representatives of the Hands-On Progressive Education Academy presented an application to form a charter school to the Blount County School Board Monday night during the board’s regular June meeting. Blount County Commissioner and founding board member Tab Burkhalter fielded questions, ...

  • Maryville schools has openings in pre-k program Published 6/15/2011 at 3:23 p.m. 0 comments

    The pre-kindergarten program offered through Maryville City Schools has openings at John Sevier Elementary for the 2011-2012 school year. Primary entrance requirements for Tennessee’s Voluntary Pre-K include income qualifications and age (children who turn 4 by September 30, 2011).

  • Foothills Elementary named Covenant Kids Run Fittest School in Blount County Published 6/13/2011 at 9:53 a.m. 0 comments

    Foothills Elementary School was recently awarded the title of Fittest School in Blount County through the Covenant Kids Run Fittest School Challenge. Schools registered teams for the Covenant Kids Run, a one-mile event that begins at the World’s Fair Park ...

  • Rebel cheerleaders serve up pancakes at Aubrey’s Published 6/8/2011 at 4:48 p.m. 0 comments

    When the Maryville High School cheerleaders take to the football field this year, they hope to be wearing new uniforms. In order to get them, however, they have spent the spring and summer raising money to pay for them. One ...

  • MHS art students, teachers welcome guests to their show Published 5/30/2011 at 12:00 a.m. 0 comments

    Graduation was a tough on Maryville High School art teachers this year. Sure, it is always emotional saying so long to seniors, but all three teachers said the art students they watched grow from freshman to 2011 seniors have consistently ...

  • Child of the holocaust visits Maryville Intermediate Published 5/30/2011 at 12:00 a.m. 0 comments

    The choices we make often play a big role in the life we lead. It was that one choice the parents of Clara Van Thyn took in 1942 that changed the then 2-year-old’s life forever. In 1942, Clara was a ...

  • Colleagues, community turn out to offer good wishes to retiring Shamblin Published 5/25/2011 at 4:55 p.m. 0 comments

    The Alcoa community streamed into the City Schools’ board room on Tuesday, May 24, to give their best wishes to a man who has served the community for 29 years. Alcoa City Schools director Tom Shamblin is retiring from his ...

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