published Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Hamilton schools transfer waiver denied; more than 2,000 eligible to switch schools

by Kelli Gauthier

More than 2,000 Hamilton County students who attend high-priority schools now are eligible to transfer schools halfway through the year.

Although the Tennessee Department of Education asked for a federal waiver so school districts wouldn’t have to offer transfers to students, the waiver was denied.

“We had pretty much thought it was a done deal,” said Sheryl Randolph, Hamilton County’s director of student services.

Amanda Maynord Anderson, spokeswoman for the Tennessee Department of Education, said the U.S. Department of Education told state officials they denied the waiver because they wanted to stay consistent and had already denied similar requests by other states.

See Friday’s Times Free Press for complete coverage.


* Soddy-Daisy High: Hixson High or Ooltewah High

* Dalewood Middle: Loftis Middle or Soddy-Daisy Middle

* East Lake Academy: Brown Middle (zoned students) or East Hamilton Middle (zoned students)*

* Tyner Middle Academy: Red Bank Middle (zoned students) or Hixson Middle (zoned students)

* Orchard Knob Elementary: Daisy Elementary or Allen Elementary

* Hillcrest Elementary: Snow Hill Elementary or Birchwood Elementary

* Rivermont Elementary: Falling Water Elementary or Soddy Elementary

* If magnet students not zoned for the school choose to leave, they must return to their home school.

about Kelli Gauthier...

Kelli Gauthier covers K-12 education in Hamilton County for the Times Free Press. She started at the paper as an intern in 2006, crisscrossing the region writing feature stories from Pikeville, Tenn., to Lafayette, Ga. She also covered crime and courts before taking over the education beat in 2007. A native of Frederick, Md., Kelli came south to attend Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in print journalism. Before newspapers, ...

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