The purpose of this document is to record decisions made by the Governing Board. It will be used
as a basis for project planning and communications. It is a living document. Decisions can be
changed by the Governing Board as more information becomes available, but this document
should always contain the latest intent.
Rev. 5/21/12 – new info on application process, out of zone applications, and preliminary CITY related
Name of School – Innovation Academy of Northeast Tennessee
Website – www.ianetn.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org
o Online applications and latest information posted now. To be expanded later with
Location – initially Brookside Elementary in Bloomingdale
o As Brookside capacity is ~240 students, alternate/expanded/additional facility will be
needed at least by 2014/2015 school year
o Certain modifications to the physical facilities are anticipated and include modification
of selected classrooms to science labs, collaborative and flexible workspaces and
storage in each classroom, new Apple TV’s (or similar) in each classroom, minor general
upgrades (cafeteria, parking lot, restrooms), and new signage.
o 6th & 7th grade for 2012/2013 school year
o Approximately 80 students per grade
o 8th grade (and possibly 9th) added for 2013/2014 school year
o Plan to add one grade per year beyond that until school is 6-12
o Target even split city/county and target to match community demographics
o Position is posted and target to hire by June 10. Recruiting both from within school
system and from other regions.
o Target even split city/county. Teaching positions will be posted and target is to hire
teachers by June 22. In addition to content knowledge, successful teachers will possess
excellent teamwork, collaboration across teaching teams, flexibility, comfort with
ambiguity during this startup phase, and a passion for the principles of the STEM school.
o Class size target approximately 20 per teacher 8 core teachers
o Teachers remain employees of their current school system (with pay, benefit, payroll
procedures, etc. consistent with current school system). Teachers will receive 11 month
contracts during the first 2 years in order to allow time for curriculum development and
additional professional development, funded in part by the grant.
o Professional Development for teachers will be provided by ETSU and will include
Technology, Cognitive Coaching, Project-based learning, and content training.
Professional Development will occur during the last half of June 2012 and throughout
the school year. First professional development class is scheduled to begin June 12.
o Teachers will have individual and team planning sessions in the afternoons after
students have travelled to base schools for Related Arts.
City/County Cost sharing
o City/County will each pay salaries for their half of teachers
o Each system will arrange and pay cost of transportation of their students
o City/County will evenly split other costs (principal salary, expenses, maintenance, etc)
based on target even split of students
No arrangement determined yet if student proportion ends up other than 50/50
Governance & Structure
o Sullivan County is the fiscal agent for the STEM school.
o STEM Governing Board will govern the school with authority to make decisions, except
as reserved by County/City School Boards (items listed in City/County agreement)
o Governance model selected – Contractual Join Operation of Schools.
Scope of STEM school
o For 2012/13 school year, the STEM school will provide core academic courses including
Science, Math, English, Social Studies, and STEM project work. Curriculum will be
integrated, project focused, and will include heavy involvement of STEM professionals.
Curriculum will include off-site internships and other hands-on exposure to STEM
careers to the extent the calendar allows (particularly using days where city/county
calendars do not overlap). The STEM school MAY include Project Lead the Way as part
of its core curriculum (feasibility still being evaluated).
o For the 2012/13 school year, students will return to a base school each afternoon to
participate in related arts, foreign language, physical education, potentially
remedial/intervention in science & math, potentially independent study periods.
Students will participate in sports, band, and other extra-curricular activities at their
base school. We anticipate that the City will designate both of its middle schools as
base schools and that the County will designate one or two schools as base schools (to
o For 2013/14 school year and beyond, the Governing Board intends that the STEM school
will be a full stand-alone school including all related arts, foreign language, physical
education, and other non-core courses. The STEM school will offer a variety of extra-
curricular activities, although some sports and other activities may be offered through
another school if the number of interested students isn’t sufficient in that area (must be
a single designated school per sport).
o For the 2012/13 school year, the calendar will approximate the County and City
calendars, with the first day of school on August 6. On days that only one of the City or
County schools are in session, students will spend the entire day at the STEM school and
will participate in special activities such as projects, internships, field trips, etc. STEM
students will generally have extra school days in their calendar as compared to the city
or county calendar (185 days for 2012/13 compared to typical 180 days). Snow days will
follow the City calendar and accommodations (such as lessons via videoconference,
independent study, etc.) will be made for students who are unable to get to school.
o For the 2013/14 school year and beyond, the Governing Board intends to consider a
balanced calendar for the STEM school that may take the form of a 9/3/6 calendar
(students 9 weeks on, 3 weeks off including 1 week intersession, 6 weeks off in
summer). Therefore, it is possible that STEM students will have a shorter 2013 summer
break, but additional breaks during the subsequent school year.
o For the 2012/13 school year, students will spend the first portion of each day at the
STEM school and the last portion at their base school, per “Scope” section above. Most
project work with STEM professionals is anticipated to occur at the STEM school during
the first portion of the day. Students will have a limited number of full day sessions at
the STEM school, per “Calendar” section above. Teachers/staff of the STEM school will
use the last portion of the day for individual planning sessions, team planning sessions,
professional development, and collaboration with STEM professionals, the HUB, and
partner organizations. It is anticipated that students will have lunch at the STEM school.
o Initial discussions with base middle schools indicate the following likely schedules at the
base schools. Details of offerings during these periods are driven by base school
schedule and are being finalized.
Robinson/Sevier – approximately 12:45 to 2:45pm including two 45 minute
related arts periods and one 20-30 minute independent study for on-line course
work, intervention, etc.
County base schools (TBD) – approximately 1:15-2:45pm including two 45
minute related arts periods. May have 20-30 minute independent study at the
STEM school just prior to travelling to base school.
o For the 2012/13 school year, students will be recorded as students of their base school
for accountability reporting purposes.
Transportation (2012/2013 school year only)
o City and County will each provide transportation for their students to the STEM school
each morning and this will likely be from designated pick-up points. It is NOT
anticipated that door-to-door pickup service will be practical.
o Buses will transport students from the STEM school to the designated base schools for
afternoon classes. [We assume these will be provided by the City/County respectively,
but that may change in the detailed plan]
o Students will be picked up or transported home from the base schools as a normal part
of the City/County practices. It is likely that transportation will be provided from the
County base school(s) back to the morning drop off points to accommodate students
geographically removed from the County base school(s).
o The STEM school will pay for transportation for all STEM school internships, field trips,
and other activities.
o Selection process for slots in the STEM school will be inclusive. All families in the
County/City school districts will have opportunity to learn about the school during May
2012 and express interest in attending through an application process. Application
deadline is 5pm on June 1. If interest exceeds available slots, a random drawing will be
held of all applications received prior to the deadline. The only admission criteria
anticipated is minimum attendance level per existing out of zone transfer policies. If
demographics do not reasonably match the population served, the Governing Board
may choose to adjust lottery results to bring demographics in line.
o In the second year, current students of Innovation Academy will have the opportunity to
continue to attend the school (without having to participate in a lottery).
Out of Zone Applications and Base School Preferences
o Only students who are zoned for the Sullivan County or Kingsport City school systems
are eligible to apply to Innovation Academy at this time.
o If a student is zoned for Kingsport City Schools and wishes to attend a County base
school, the application should be submitted as a COUNTY application. Base school
requests will be accommodated as space is available.
o If a student is zoned for Sullivan County Schools and wishes to attend a City base school,
the application should be submitted as a CITY application. Base school requests will be
accommodated as space is available. Kingsport City school tuition would be due as with
a traditional out-of-zone application.
o If a student wishes to attend an alternate base school within the school system for
which they are zoned (to accommodate a related arts preference for example), this
information will be requested on the final registration materials for Innovation
Academy. Such requests will be accommodated as space is available.
o Digital technologies and communication tools will be heavily used in the STEM
curriculum. The STEM school intends to provide each student with an iPad, Discovery
Tech Books, and email capability. iPads remain the property of the school and will be
returned at the end of the school year or when a student leaves the school.
o No physical library will exist at the school as all resources will be accessed digitally and
available 24/7 (for example, through the Library of Congress).
o Teachers will have MacBook Pro and each classroom will be equipped with an Apple TV
(or similar) and will have capability to videoconference with remote guest lecturers or
students who cannot travel to the school due to inclement weather.
Related Arts Options at Base Schools
Following are preliminary schedule decisions for CITY base schools. County base schools are not
John Sevier Middle School
Students will have a short study period at Innovation Academy before traveling to
John Sevier Middle School by bus for two 45-minute Related Arts periods.
6 Grade 7 Grade
Chorus Brass Band
General Music(1) Woodwind Band
Spanish General Music
Academic Support or Individualized PE/Wellness
Study as applicable
Academic Support or Individualized
Study as applicable
(1) 6th graders participate in 7th grade
Ross N. Robinson Middle School
Students will have a short study period at Robinson Middle School between two
45-minute Related Arts periods.
6 Grade 7 Grade
Woodwind Band Woodwind Band
General Music General Music
Academic Support or Individualized Academic Support or Individualized
Study as applicable Study as applicable
(1) 6th graders participate in 7th grade (2) 7th graders participate in 6th grade
class for one related arts period class for one related arts period