published Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

School signup: Registration begins for Hamilton County Schools students

Melissa Campbell, an eighth-grade math teacher, standing, helps Viola Medrano, center, as she signs up her children Selena Medrao, left, for seventh grade, and Abigail Medrano, right, for eighth grade, at Red Bank Middle during school registration early Monday morning.
Melissa Campbell, an eighth-grade math teacher, standing, helps Viola Medrano, center, as she signs up her children Selena Medrao, left, for seventh grade, and Abigail Medrano, right, for eighth grade, at Red Bank Middle during school registration early Monday morning.
Photo by Dan Henry.

Summer quickly is winding down for Hamilton County Schools students, who spent Monday registering at school, catching up with friends, meeting their teachers and checking out classrooms.

Classes for the estimated 43,000 students countywide begin Thursday.

The county will open two new schools this year, the 136,000-square-foot Ooltewah Elementary School, with a capacity of about 1,100 students, and Red Bank Middle School, which registered about 620 students Monday. The schools cost a combined $50 million, and are designed with the latest in classroom technology, heating and cooling systems.

At Red Bank Middle, students and their parents were eager to get a look at the new facility, tucked behind Red Bank High School off Morrison Spring Road.

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