Hamilton County school board votes to keep moving forward on Partnership Zone option

Board member Tiffanie Robinson, right, listens as board member David Testerman voices his opposition to a state partnership zone for low performing schools during a meeting of the Hamilton County Board of Education on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, in Chattanooga, Tenn.

After spirited debate, Hamilton County school board members voted 7-2 Thursday night to move forward with conversations with the state about what a Partnership Zone will look like.

District 8 board member David Testerman and District 3 board member Joe Smith were the two "no" votes.

The state gave the district two options - a state-run Achievement School District or a shared governance with a proposed Partnership Zone - for intervention in the five schools that have shown a pattern of low performance: Brainerd High, Dalewood Middle, Orchard Knob Elementary, Orchard Knob Middle and Woodmore Elementary.

Dalewood, both Orchard Knob schools and Woodmore have been on notice for poor performance since 2002.