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Deadline to participate in lottery for Innovation Academy sixth-grade slots is May 15

May 12th, 2014 9:19 pm by Rick Wagner

Deadline to participate in lottery for Innovation Academy sixth-grade slots is May 15

KINGSPORT — Parents of rising sixth-graders who want their children to attend Innovation Academy of Northeast Tennessee and haven't already applied have until Thursday to get into a lottery for 75 available slots.

In a letter to parents dated May 6, Director of Schools Jubal Yennie said that the deadline for applications for sixth-grade slots has been extended to Thursday, May 15, and the lottery will be held Wednesday, May 21.

The county school board last month voted to move IA from its current campus of the former Brookside Elementary in Bloomingdale to a school-within-a-school at Holston Middle near Tri-Cities Regional Airport in Blountville.

"Students who are currently enrolled (rising seventh- and eighth-graders) at Innovation Academy will be automatically enrolled for next year unless parents have indicated that their children will not return to Innovation Academy," Yennie also wrote in the letter. "Parents will have to verify enrollment by June 13, 2014."

As for rising sixth-graders, Yennie said the priorities will follow existing board policy.

"All county students will be enrolled, then city students, then out of county/state applicants. Sixth-grade students selected in the lottery will have until June 13, 2014 to accept placement."

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

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