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STEM support still strong among Sullivan County officials

December 7th, 2013 7:16 pm by Rick Wagner

STEM support still strong  among Sullivan County officials

BLOUNTVILLE — Innovation Academy of Northeast Tennessee will remain open next year despite Kingsport’s pullout from the STEM program, Sullivan County officials continue to say in comments and in writing.

And they’re even talking about letting some Virginia students attend IA, if Tennessee would approve such a move.

The county school board Dec. 2 voted 7-0 to approve a resolution in support of keeping IA and looking to add grades 9-12 to the existing grades 6-8 program.

“We are supportive of the Innovation Academy,” Director of Schools Jubal Yennie said. “It hasn’t been easy. Anything of value is worth struggling to do.” 

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has lauded the school, which recently was named a 2013-15 Apple Distinguished School by the tablet and computer maker.

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