In 2015, the Board of Education approved the construction of two new middle schools in Knox County. Those schools are under construction in the Gibbs and Hardin Valley communities and are scheduled to open in August 2018. A memorandum by Interim Superintendent Buzz Thomas, dated Feb. 24, 2017, was presented to the Board of Education proposing preliminary middle school attendance zone modifications for the two new schools. The plan also addressed other middle school zoning concerns that may exist in the areas affected by the development of the two new school attendance zones.
Public Comments and Zone Planning Considerations
In preparation for developing the new school zoning plan recommendation then-Interim Superintendent Thomas presented, six public meetings were conducted to hear parent and community concerns and suggestions. Those meetings are outlined below.Nov. 28 at Farragut Middle School (Focus will be Hardin Valley Middle)Dec. 6 at Gibbs Elementary School (Focus will be Gibbs Middle)Jan. 10 at South-Doyle Middle School (Focus will be Gibbs Middle)Jan. 17 at Hardin Valley Elementary School (Focus will be Hardin Valley Middle)Jan. 24 at Holston Middle School (Focus will be Gibbs Middle)Jan. 31 at Vine Middle School (Focus will be Gibbs Middle)The meetings were broadcast live on KCS-TV Comcast Channel 10 and streamed live at knoxschools.org/kcstv.
The preliminary draft zoning proposal can be found here. It was sent to the Board of Education at the end of February. After using the information gathered at these community meetings along with comments, requests and suggestions sent to the email@example.com email address, a final recommendation was submitted to the Board of Education at their work session on June 5. The Board voted to approve the recommendation at their June 7 regular meeting. The approved zoning plan can be found here.