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Superintendent: Hamilton County seeking STEM high school

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CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) – Hamilton County could become home to a new science and technology high school, one of only three in the state.

In an interview on WRCB's 3 Plus You Wednesday, Superintendent Rick Smith said the school district has been pursuing a high school focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM.

"STEM is something we have been at the table on for the last couple months," Superintendent Smith said. "We are looking at the possibility of being the third STEM high school in the state. One in Nashville, One in Knoxville, and we hope one in Chattanooga. "

Smith says as the region becomes a center of communication and technology, the schools are going to have to keep pace.

"What's happening with EPB and some of the other industries in this region are going to make a huge impact and we have to be a player, we have to be at the table," Smith says.

"Ten or 12 years ago, we were talking about Chattanooga being a tourist location… but from what I'm hearing and what I think we're going to be confronted with and what we're going to have opportunities to help our students with, is understanding communication and technology."

Stratford STEM Magnet High School in Nashville was the first STEM school in the state. Earlier this year, Knox County Schools announced it would house STEM Academy in the former L&N rail depot in Downtown Knoxville.

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