Hamilton County Schools struggle with healthcare costs

Could eat up 3 percent raise teachers got last year, board member worries

A proposal to charge teachers and school employees an extra $100 a month to keep their spouse and families on the school's health care plan got a cool reception Wednesday from the Hamilton County School Board.

Ellie Jaynes was a little nervous as she returned to Westview Elementary School on Wednesday morning.

The Public Education Foundation on Tuesday released the names of all 15 winners in the city's first "Teacherpreneur" competition.

School enrollment should jump in Hamilton County once Chattanooga’s Volkswagen assembly plant starts building VW’s new sport utility vehicle, schools Superintendent Rick Smith said.

When a student gets caught with a smartphone now in a Hamilton County public school, the phone can be confiscated.

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times for Hamilton County school district parents registering their kids for school Monday morning — depending on whether the parents could prove where their children lived.

Parents want to be involved in the academic lives of their children, but they have barriers, said Pam Thompson, an educator of 40 years.

Hamilton County's newest high school has grown — on a community college campus.

Grandmother Lorraine Joyner was among many area residents taking advantage of tax-free purchases for school supplies Friday.

Play-Doh and papier–mâché may be living on borrowed time at Clifton Hills Elementary School.

The head of Hamilton County Schools and the county's Juvenile Court judge are putting their heads together over how to stop years of finger-pointing and miscommunication and fix problems with how truant students are handled.

On Chattanooga's Tunnel Boulevard, where gunfire is common and crime abounds, lives an award-winning young artist.

The blame-shifting and bickering between Chattanooga and Hamilton County Schools officials over millions of dollars in delinquent liquor-by-the-drink taxes could end Friday with a settlement that gives school officials most of what they asked for.

"There's no word they've done anything on the timeline," McDade said.

The August ballot will include seven names for the District 5 seat on the Hamilton County school board, but only five people are actively pursuing the seat.

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