Re: Update on Lookout Mountain School (”LMS”)
As you may know, since our August 2019, community letter, MGT Consulting Group reversed its preliminary recommendation to close LMS, and instead suggest capital renovations of approximately $7 million.
While we have no indication from the school district central office whether such funds might be available, we are pleased that ultimately, LMS was recognized for the value it provides not only to the county, but more importantly, our community.
Because our student headcount is below LMS’s physical capacity, the Hamilton County School central office considered a redistricting plan which would have aligned LMS with St. Elmo. However, after reviewing the impracticalities of this plan, the central office has settled upon an “open enrollment” program for non-resident children which for this Fall could bring to LMS up to twenty-two additional students from other areas of Hamilton County. The students would be dispered throughout the various grade levels, excluding the fifth grade. We are hopeful that this infusion of new students not only will enrich the LMS experience, but as a school bus for the new students will not be provided, also bring committed parents who will be responsible for their children’s transportation.
The planned increase to our student body should make LMS more sustainable, and help to ensure that LMS remains a vibrant asset to the Lookout Mountian community. We will continue to make you aware of significiant developments.
Pleaes stay safe in these extraordinary times.