BLOUNTVILLE — Innovation Academy of Northeast Tennessee has drawn interest from some potential students in neighboring Southwest Virginia.
However, Scott County, Va., residents won't be able to attend the platform STEM school next year unless state law changes or their parents are willing to pony up some hefty tuition in the range of at least $6,000 a year.
Sara Shaffer, multimedia teacher at IA, said on March 26 that in addition to Tennessee students interested in IA, some parents of students from the Weber City area of Scott County have contacted the school. Shaffer said IA officials really didn't know what to tell the Scott Countians.
As of late last week, IA has interest from 224 students in attending the grades 6-9 program housed at the former Brookside Elementary School in Bloomingdale.
As of last week, of those 224 prospective students, Principal Sandy Watkins said 75 were from outside the Sullivan school district, with more than 60 from Kingsport City Schools. KCS is withdrawing from the joint operation of IA with the county at the end of this school year, but the county is opening up available slots to any interested students in Northeast Tennessee.
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