Knox County officials discuss proposal for new magnet school

Knox County officials discuss proposal for new magnet school

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Officials at the Knox County School Board work session discussed a proposal to create a new charter or magnet school.

The proposal for a new career and technical education magnet high school is part of Superintendent Dr. McIntyre's five-year plan, and the seven page memo proposes the school would open in August 2014.

The proposal is to establish the magnet high school at the Strawberry Plains campus of Pellissippi State Community College.

Students would be accepted from all over the district through an application and lottery process with no entrance criteria, with an opportunity to programs such as advanced manufacturing, sustainable living, homeland security and teacher preparation.

It's a proposal one school board member describes as unique and needed within Knox County.

"I think it's a program that's really cutting edge because we're working with the chamber and the business community to make a program that couldn't really be done at Karns or Bearden or at Austin East, and we really needed a stand alone program because it is a collaborative process. It's been a lot of work, and it's going to be something that's going to be fantastic," said Doug Harris, a Knox County school board member.

The proposal would be to begin the 2014 school year with 125 freshman.

The total projected budget is just over $3.7 million.

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