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Foundational problems can be seen around the lockers at Chattanooga School for the Liberal Arts Tuesday, December 3, 2019 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. / Staff photo by Erin O. Smith

Representatives from the outside firm, MGT Consulting Group, unveiled a new set of recommendations for Hamilton County's school facilities to school board members this week. 

The updated, but still preliminary, report recommends a different option than the one first presented in July and decreases the number of schools to be closed as well as reduces the sizes of some schools from what was suggested in the first version of the report.

Hamilton County Schools released a second survey Tuesday, seeking feedback on this new option.

"MGT would like to hear from staff, families and community members about the new option they presented," read the email update from the district. "The process will continue through the first of March when MGT will present a final report of their work to the board. The board will then begin to work on the district plan using the MGT study and plan as a tool in the process."

TAKE THE SURVEY

Complete Hamilton County Schools second facilities survey here.

More than 5,000 people responded to the first survey released last fall, said Dan Schmidt, director of MGT's Education Consulting Group, at Monday night's school board meeting. MGT will also host two community forums later this month. 

Tensions were high at the first round of community forums in December, but Schmidt and board members assured the public that the Jan. 28 and 29 meetings will have a more conversational format than the previous meetings.

For more information on MGT's upcoming meetings and to take the district's survey, visit: www.hcde.org/about_us/blueprint2030

What could these recommendations mean for your school? 

Contact Meghan Mangrum at mmangrum@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6592. Follow her on Twitter @memangrum.

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