OOLTEWAH, TN (WRCB) - As Hamilton County Schools Superintendent Rick Smith noted the size of the Ooltewah Elementary School, he told an audience of parents and students, "If you go from one end of the hall to the other, it's longer than two football fields!"
The school is a $21.5 million dollar project with a 1,100 student
capacity, and currently houses 832 students, making it the largest elementary school in the county. "It is going to keep growing, just like this community," said District 9 County Commissioner Chester Bankston. He noted the traffic problems outside the old school, near I-75. "That's become a retail district, but this is a beautiful place for a school," Bankston said.
Principal Tom Arnold said the first few weeks have been successful, as he and the faculty have blended longtime students with new enrollees from the Snow Hill district, and Birchwood Elementary, which closed last spring.
Bankston concluded, "Every school has a toolbox to teach students, and this school has all the tools, all the technology. It's going to be great, and we're going to be proud of these teachers and children."
Thursday, December 12 2013 7:38 PM EST2013-12-13 00:38:50 GMT
The Middle College High School at Chattanooga State has been in existence since 2001, but remains one of Hamilton County's best kept secrets, according to those who know it best.Aubrey Gardin will graduateMore
"Middle College High School at Chattanooga State" is a mouthful to say, but it's proving to be a big asset for Hamilton County Schools and Chattanooga State.More
Tuesday, December 10 2013 11:27 AM EST2013-12-10 16:27:02 GMT
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced the names of three principals selected to participate in the U.S. Department of Education's first Principal Ambassador Fellows (PAFs) program.More
Normal Park principal Jill Levine has been selected by US Education Secretary Arne Duncan as a Principal Ambassador Fellow.More
Monday, December 9 2013 2:43 PM EST2013-12-09 19:43:14 GMT
Jill Pierce, the McMinn County School System's STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) coordinator, has been selected to take part in Microsoft's Expert Educator program, an initiativeMore
McMinn county educator Jill Pierce has been chosen to take part in Microsoft's Expert Educator program.More