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PTO leader at Innovation Academy pens urgent plea for continued growth of school

April 13th, 2014 9:15 pm by Rick Wagner

PTO leader at Innovation Academy pens urgent plea for continued growth of school

KINGSPORT — A Parent Teacher Organization, the Sullivan County school system's head and the school board all seem headed in different directions when it comes to Innovation Academy of Northeast Tennessee.

It may come to a head this Thursday during a called Board of Education meeting.

The president of the PTO at IA is urging the Sullivan County school board to fund the school and expand it to ninth grade next year.

The school board Monday delayed voting on Director of Schools Jubal Yennie's recommendation, which included funding IA next school year at the same core subject staffing ratios as other middle schools, 25-to-1 instead of the current 20-to-1.

The recommendation also calls for abandoning expansion to ninth grade, instead letting those students go into a STEM pilot program at Sullivan Central High School.

Regina Rose, head of IA's PTO, in a letter to Board of Education members outlined successes of IA, now finishing up its second year of operation.

"This week's board meeting was very discouraging for us IA parents," Rose wrote. "However, I am glad you did not vote on the recommendation. I would rather you took the time to make an informed decision rather than rushing into anything."

For an expanded version of this article, please see Monday's print edition or our expanded electronic edition.

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