published Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Website set up on plans to open STEM school in Hamilton County

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    A screenshot of www.setennesseestem.org on Oct. 11, 2011.

Leaders hoping to earn a $1.85 million state grant have set up a website explaining their application to open a STEM school — Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics — in Hamilton County.

The site, www.setennesseestem.org, provides information on the application process, as well as all partners involved.

To qualify for the grant, the local school system must provide evidence of partnerships with higher education institutions, the business community and local philanthropic groups.

Together, the four groups have formed the Southeast Tennessee STEM Initiative to compete for the state’s grant program. Applications are due by Dec. 30 and grant winners will be announced in January.

The state plans to offer a grant to one school each in West and East Tennessee. Those schools would have to open by next fall.

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I'm all for this initiative. I would compete to send my kids to a school for Math, Science and Engineering. A school like this, if run correctly, could make a huge difference to our community. We have enough hippy, waitress/waiter training art schools in the area already.

October 11, 2011 at 12:17 p.m.
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