published Thursday, May 26th, 2011

School board approves plan for Blue Springs students

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — A school bus plan was approved tonight by the Bradley County School Board to move students from Blue Springs Elementary School to five other elementary schools.

County Schools Director Johnny McDaniel said the county building inspector has deemed Blue Springs unsafe because of the damage it received in the April 27 tornadoes.

The bus plan calls for 89 students to be shifted to Black Fox Elementary. To make room, 46 current Black Fox students will be shifted to Prospect Elementary.

Another 109 Blue Springs students will be shifted to Waterville Community Elementary. In return, 39 Waterville students will be shifted to Oak Grove Elementary and another 30 to Taylor Elementary.

The shift involves bus routes only. Parents can apply to an out-of-zone school and be accepted if the principal has room for them and the families provide transportation.

The other county school badly damaged in the storms, Michigan Avenue Elementary, will be ready for the next school year, McDaniel said.

The board also directed McDaniel to negotiate with a Blue Springs Road property owner for a new Blue Springs school in the future.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Times Free Press.

about Randall Higgins...

Randall Higgins covers news in Cleveland, Tenn., for the Times Free Press. He started work with the Chattanooga Times in 1977 and joined the staff of the Chattanooga Times Free Press when the Free Press and Times merged in 1999. Randall has covered Southeast Tennessee, Northwest Georgia and Alabama. He now covers Cleveland and Bradley County and the neighboring region. Randall is a Cleveland native. He has bachelor’s degree from Tennessee Technological University. His awards ...

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