letters to the editor

Concerns about zoning, FHS technology

The period in which to provide public comments regarding the middle school rezoning to accommodate Hardin Valley Middle School is coming to an end. 

If you have been unable to attend the rezoning meetings or did not express your concerns at one of those meetings, you may e-mail: rezoning@knoxschools.org to comment. Hardin Valley Middle School is due to open for the 2018-19 school year.  The 2007 zoning decision to accommodate Hardin Valley Academy had, and continues to have, a negative impact on enrollment numbers at Farragut High School.  Any rezoning proposed for the middle schools should take this into account to make sure Farragut Middle School is not negatively impacted when the new zones are drawn.  It is my belief that KCS should redraw the High School zones to rectify the reduced enrollment numbers at Farragut High School concurrently with the middle school rezoning. My full comments with more detailed facts made during the first public forum can be viewed on my website at aldermanpovlin.com.  Please take the time to voice your concerns.

Also, the second annual Farragut High School Technology Gala will be held on Saturday, January 28th from 6:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. at Rothchild Event Center [sic]. Funds raised at this event will be used to upgrade the school’s technology through the acquisition of new computers, educational software, implement 1:1 device initiative for all students, purchase an electronic marquee at the entrance of Farragut High School, modernize the library, and replace incompatible and/or older technology, widescreen projection systems in classrooms and the auditorium. The goal for this year is raise $75,000.  Currently, the technology at Farragut High School is woefully inadequate to meet the goal of maximizing achievement and growth for every student. We have a great community which can only be made stronger by improving the educational opportunities at Farragut High School.  Please consider attending the gala and/or donating to the cause.

Louise Povlin


Alderman – Ward 1