Rick Smith has come a long way in two years.
There's a disclaimer that students get before signing up for Ivy Academy: You're going to get hot. You're going to get cold. Your socks will get wet. And you're going to get tired.
Hamilton County Schools Superintendent Rick Smith could be in line for a hefty raise after board members delivered mostly glowing evaluations and approved a new round of contract talks.
Drivers almost always turn their heads and look away when they pass Tim Smith's stopped bright yellow school bus with the flashing lights and the bright red stop sign extended.
Headlines from Wednesday morning: 17 teen partygoers arrested.
It all started with a permission slip.
CCA is a different breed of high school, where kids play guitars on the front steps and tap-dance in the hallways.
Georgia schools are getting grades that look a lot like the report cards that go home with students. And about half of schools in Northwest Georgia appear to be earning above-average marks.
Birchwood School is the kind of place where maintenance crews are thanked with biscuits and gravy. ONLINE: Go to www.timesfreepress.com/birchwood to see an audio slideshow and an interactive timeline for Birchwood Elementary.
Ooltewah High School students now can take a globally recognized curriculum right at home with the school's approval for an International Baccalaureate diploma program.
Edwina Gower compares it to cigarette smoking. Nearly everyone agrees that it's bad, yet thousands still light up.
Hamilton County school board members unanimously approved a $393 million budget Thursday, moving the current draft from their hands to county officials for approval.
Superintendent Rick Smith says the equation is simple: New schools + new kids = new costs.
It might be Soddy-Daisy's worst-kept secret.
WHITWELL, Tenn. — Call it "learning to the test."
Despite months of talk about major, systemwide technology upgrades, Hamilton County Schools officials aren't putting up any of their own cash for the effort next year.
Policy from President Barack Obama's administration is hitting the Hamilton County Board of Education's pocketbook in multiple ways this year.
Gone are the days of cuts, scrapes and burns students endured from the old rusty playground at Calvin Donaldson Environmental Science Academy.
Hamilton County Schools general purpose budget will grow by about 2 percent next fiscal year, though the district still will look to make cuts as certain costs continue to rise.
CLEVELAND, Tenn. — The state's aggressive push to lift student performance is mostly a welcome change for Southeast Tennessee educators. But a lack of accompanying resources and other unintended consequences from changing state law have created new challenges for school districts in the region.
The next generation of Tennessee teachers and state workers could lose the security of a guaranteed pension as state leaders eye a more risky, investment-driven retirement plan.
The 16-year-old girl who was stabbed in a Pennsylvania Target checkout lane earlier this week is recovering well and has made her way home to Chattanooga.
With their building in a state of disrepair, parents at Ganns Middle Valley Elementary put on a show this month to grab the attention of elected officials.
ROCK SPRING, Ga. — Compare it to a strip mall, a hotel or a fancy office building. But all Walker County Superintendent Damon Raines wants you to know about the school being built off U.S. Highway 27 is that it will be a great place for kids to learn.
Unlike the vague speeches and interviews that defined his campaign, Mayor-elect Andy Berke now is drilling down to specifics.
Rick Hall's third-grade classroom has a boy's touch.
People crowded into a gymnasium Thursday night came hoping that things will change.
Ooltewah High School seniors Katie Cuttle and Stephanie Stevens already have plenty of awards between them: National Honor Society. Beta Club. GPAs of 3.9 and 4.0, respectively.
Even a couch potato can jump on the STEM bandwagon.
These days, the principal's office is likely the last place you'll find a school principal.
Hamilton County school board members saw a glimpse at the future of schools Friday with a visit to the county's new STEM school — a program that will be key when it comes time to train thousands of other teachers on incorporating new technology into their classrooms.
The list of proposed Hamilton County school construction projects is narrowing.
Hamilton County school board members will start deliberating today which new school construction projects should get done first.
The naysayers may have been right.
In the ongoing battle to stretch limited resources, some Georgia school districts are finding savings in the least likely of places: at the top.
Rather than sitting still at their desks, students at McConnell Elementary School are hopping and skipping across colorful mats.
Amanda Thurmond's fourth-grade classes haven't touched a textbook in months.
Hamilton County Schools could lose nearly $2 million set aside for the poorest schools if Congress allows the sequestration to take place, according to U.S. Department of Education projections.
School officials say a pair of national awards are just the most recent evidence that a focus on individualized education and school choice is paying off in Hamilton County's magnet schools.
By the end of the next school year, nearly a third of school leaders in Hamilton County will have reached a milestone decision: Sail into retirement or keep plugging away in county schools.
The Hamilton County Schools system is working feverishly to move into the 21st century.
Many people, services and agencies already touch the life of a gang member.
While recent discussions among Hamilton County Schools leaders centered on putting iPads in the hands of all students, officials are now considering cheaper alternatives.
Ooltewah Elementary School is about to double in size. Dozens of additional teachers. Longer and wider hallways. Expansive lunchroom. Two full-court gyms.
Even with an influx of state dollars, Hamilton County Schools won't be technologically up to speed anytime soon.
Hamilton County Schools will receive more than $10 million in federal funds to help boost the prospects at five of its worst-performing schools.
Hamilton does many of the tasks you might expect of a service dog. He helps Doug Williams get dressed. He picks up fallen items from the floor, and he opens doors.
An injection of additional teachers headed for Brown International Academy will boost attention paid to academically stunted students, a move school officials hope will markedly improve test scores this spring.
WASHINGTON — By now, everyone who's anyone in Hamilton County knows the school system's biggest 21st-century resurrection.