Hamilton County Families Discuss Magnet School Lotteries

CHATTANOOGA, TN (WDEF) – More than 300 families in Hamilton County are waiting for December to roll around.

Not because of the holiday, but because then they’ll know if their kindergartener can attend a school in very high demand, like Chattanooga School for the Liberal Arts.

Krystal Scarbrough, Principal at CSLA, says, "It saddens us to have to turn people away every year."

This week marked the end of a series of parent events.

They’re needed to get into the school’s lottery.

Officials say there are only 120 kindergarten spots available right now between CSLA and Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences.

Sarah Quattrochi, a CSLA parent, says, "As a parent here at the school, I know what an amazing experience it is to have the privilege of attending CSLA."

Parents tell us a bigger school has been on their wish list for decades.

Quattrochi adds, "This school has the potential if it grows to 1200 to open up spots at these other wonderful schools at CSAS, and to keep kids in our public school system."

But their plea keeps falling on deaf ears.

County leaders yet again denied them a new school in March.

Instead, they’re funding 4 others.

Parents have protested, and even suggested moving to the old David Brainerd school site, but no, nothing has worked so far.

This week, parents are calling on business leaders to step in.

Quattrochi says, "I would challenge them to make their voice be heard to elected officials as well, so that there’s a larger number of people pulling for the expansion of CSLA."

Some county commissioners have been saying all along … Do not give up.

It appears parents are taking their advice.

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