KINGSPORT — The unnamed Sullivan County and Kingsport STEM school finally has a name, and it is close to having a logo and Web site address, too.
Innovation Academy of Northeast Tennessee is the new name of the joint science, technology, engineering and math platform school.
It will serve grades 6 and 7 the first year, with STEM subjects integrated through all curriculum. Each student will get an iPad to access assignments, course materials and electronic textbooks.
Parents and students will be able to attend information sessions about the school from mid- to late May, with the application deadline 5 p.m. on June 1.
The governing body of the school decided by consensus on the name during a 4 p.m. meeting Wednesday at the Domtar paper mill downtown. The school will be located in Sullivan County’s current Brookside Elementary School in Bloomingdale.
The two school systems, along with Eastman Chemical Co., Domtar and Wellmont Health System, won $1 million in start-up funds from a Race to the Top grant flowing through Tennessee and administered by Battelle. The two systems propose spending a little more than $500,000 each the first year for teaching positions, the principal and other expenses, not including extra transportation costs for each system.
East Tennessee State University won another $500,000 over the two years to be the hub for the platform, to help support the facility through professional development and share its best practices with the region and statewide.
The school, which will have problem-based, hands-on learning with assistance from area STEM professionals, will serve up to 80 students from each system its first year, eventually expanding to a 6-12 facility in later years and accepting students from other Northeast Tennessee school systems its third year. Buses will run to and from the school from selected drop-off points in the city and county.
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