published Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011, updated March 2nd, 2011 at 3:10 p.m.

Hamilton County affirms its Volkswagen commitment to IB schools program

by Dan Whisenhunt

Hamilton County Commissioners passed a resolution "acknowledging Hamilton County's obligation to assist in the implementation of an International Baccalaureate Program within the Hamilton County School System."

The agreement was required by the county's Memorandum of Understanding with Volkswagen and is meant to help students of German employees stay on level with their peers in their native country.

Mayor Jim Coppinger said the program won't cost anything additional and said VW asked for the resolution so the county would have a timeline for establishing the program.

"We already agreed to the MOU that we would put this program forth," Coppinger said. "They want a letter of intent to know what the timeline is gonna be. It's not going to be be any additional cost to us. The program takes about three years to put in place."

The IB program is already in place at Signal Mountain High School.

Read more in tomorrow’s Times Free Press.

about Dan Whisenhunt...

Dan Whisenhunt covers Hamilton County government for the Times Free Press. A native of Mobile, Ala., Dan earned a degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Alabama. He won first place for best in-depth news coverage in the 2010 Alabama Press Association contest; the FOI-First Amendment Award in the 2007 Alabama Press Association contest; first place for best public service story in the Alabama AP Managing Editors contest in 2009 for economic coverage; and ...

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NoMyth said...

An IB program would be a great thing for the area.

March 2, 2011 at 10:44 a.m.
onevoice said...

We have an elementary IB school in downtown Chattanooga. Tommie F. Brown International Academy is an excellent IB school for elementary age children.

March 2, 2011 at 3:49 p.m.
crow1033 said...

I guess the money that the parents of SMMHS invested in the IB program should be repaid since the program costs "nothing"! Think again, Coppinger.... you may want to actually understand what you are talking about before you go signing letters of intent!

March 2, 2011 at 5:11 p.m.
Abe said...

Has it been reported how many Volkswagen children are here, and how many are attending public vs. private schools. I'm just curious about that. Maybe you've already reported that, Dan.

Whatever the answer to that question, the IB program sounds like a good one, a good addition to the schools here.

March 2, 2011 at 10:16 p.m.
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