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New school zones considered
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Warren County school officials have started a months-long analysis to determine which neighborhoods should be zoned for which schools.

Director of Schools Dr. Grant Swallows says a comprehensive evaluation is being conducted in hopes of preventing schools from getting too crowded or too empty.

“We don’t have any school that’s bursting at the seams,” said Swallows. “But some areas in our county have grown more than others. Looking at our school zones is something which hasn’t been done in years.”

Swallows identified Centertown as one school which is approaching capacity. Eastside is also pretty full, he said, but new classrooms currently under construction will provide some relief.

“Another factor that comes into play in Centertown is it’s our closest school to Cannon County and there’s a little bit of unrest in Cannon County due to school consolidation,” said Swallows. “That could affect Centertown.”

Cannon County is closing three of its schools, including Eastside which is near the Warren County line. 

Some of those students could gravitate to Centertown instead of going into Woodbury.

Swallows said the Tennessee General Assembly passed a bill during its previous legislative session that takes effect with the start of the 2022-23 school year. The bill requires all schools to have open enrollment, provided space is available.

“We’re trying to establish, as a district, what space is available at every school,” said Swallows, who pointed out this can be a challenge. 

For example, Swallows said a maximum student-teacher ratio for a regular education high school classroom is 35-to-1. However, there are many classrooms at WCHS that are not capable of holding 35 students so a max based on classroom square footage might be a better way to calculate.