Staff photo by C.B. Schmelter / Dan Schmidt, director of MGT's Education Consulting Group, speaks during a community meeting in the David H. Crawford Theatre at Lookout Valley Middle/High School on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019 in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Hamilton County Schools announces zoning, facilities meetings

Hamilton County Schools has released a list of upcoming meetings including zoning meetings and the next round of the school district's community forums to discuss the preliminary facilities report in partnership with MGT Consulting Group on its website.

The "Spring 2020 Engagement Timeline" also includes community meetings about the budget that Superintendent Bryan Johnson told the school board would be a priority before beginning the fiscal year 2021 budget planning process.

Some notable dates include:

— Monday, Jan. 13: School board work session at 5 p.m. at the Hamilton County Department of Education to include a presentation from MGT

— Tuesday, Jan. 14: Zoning meeting at East Hamilton School at 6 p.m.

— Thursday, Jan. 16: Board of Education meeting at 5:30 p.m. at the Hamilton County Department of Education

— Tuesday, Jan. 21: Zoning meeting at Calvin Donaldson Elementary School at 5 p.m. and a zoning meeting at Clifton Hills Elementary School at 7 p.m.

— Thursday, Jan. 23: Zoning meeting at Hillcrest Elementary School at 5 p.m. and a zoning meeting at Harrison Elementary School at 7 p.m.

— Tuesday, Jan. 28: MGT Community meeting at Red Bank Middle School at 6 p.m.

— Wednesday, Jan. 29: MGT Community meeting at Brown Middle School at 6 p.m.

Meeting locations are still being finalized and are subject to change, according to a statement by a Hamilton County Schools official.

For more important community meeting dates, visit


Kelly Subaru donates science books to Calvin Donaldson

Representatives from Kelly Subaru visited Calvin Donaldson Environmental Science Academy last month to deliver science books donated through the Subaru Loves Learning initiative.

Kelly Subaru selected Calvin Donaldson as its partner in its local efforts for Subaru. The automaker partners with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to broaden the world of children through the study of science, engineering, and innovation, according to a news release.

"We were excited to receive hundreds of books donated from Subaru," said Lorie Collier, principal of Calvin Donaldson, in a statement. "Each book has a handwritten card provided by someone who purchased a car through Subaru."

The cards came from those who recently purchased a vehicle at Kelly Subaru in Chattanooga and are meant to encourage the children at Calvin Donaldson to pursue knowledge and the love of reading, according to the news release. The donated books are selected from the winners and finalists of the AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books, an award that emphasizes the importance of science books for both information and enjoyment. The books selected exemplify the importance of science books for both information and enjoyment.


Boys & Girls Clubs of Chattanooga names chief development officer

The Boys and Girls Club of Chattanooga hired Donyel Johnson last month as the organization's new chief development officer. Donyel's notable work in nonprofit and community development will enable the organization to expand impact in the greater Chattanooga area, according to a news release.

Johnson most recently served as vice president of development for the Public Education Foundation of Chattanooga and previously worked for the YMCA and Girls Inc.

"The work that the Boys and Girls Club of Chattanooga does resonates deeply with me. I see myself in the students that we work with and represent," Johnson said in a statement. "As a first-generation college student, I understand the impact that nonprofit organizations can have on the lives of students, just as The Boys and Girls Club and several other nonprofits did for me. I am thrilled to join the incredible team as we work to grow and improve the services and impact of the Boys and Girls Club of Chattanooga."

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