History of Rogers Creek School
In the fall of 1988, the McMinn County Board of Education under the recommendation of Mr. James A. Hoyal, School Administrator, voted to build a K-8 educational facility to replace Idlewild Elementary. This facility was to accommodate over-crowding conditions at E.K. Baker, Riceville, and Calhoun Elementaries, in addition to the replacement of Idlewild.
Mr. Hoyal and Mr. James Bernard Patterson, Idlewild’s principal headed a committee comprised of a School Board member, a county commissioner, a community liaison and an Idlewild teacher charged with the responsibility of locating for purchase suitable land for a construction site. In 1989, approximately twenty-six acres were purchased from Mrs. Henry Brown for $72,500. The property was located on Roger’s Creek in Southwest portion of McMinn County.
Goodstein and Associates from Knoxville were obtained as Architects and Rowlett Construction Company of Chattanooga received the bid for construction. The groundbreaking ceremony took place in September of 1990. The building cost was 2.9 million dollars.
The school was named Rogers Creek by McMinn County Board of Education because of its location. It opened in August of 1992 with James Bernard Patterson as principal and eighteen faculty members.
The building consisted of fifteen classrooms, a science lab, a computer lab, an art room, a music room, a library, a gymnasium, two chapter I classrooms, a cafeteria, guidance offices, a sweet of administration offices, and two teacher preparation rooms. The Open-House/Dedication Service was held in January 1993.
At close of the 1992-93 school year, Mr. Patterson retired as principal. He was succeeded by Mr. Glen Ingram.
The student population continues to grow as the reputation of outstanding educational opportunities at Rogers Creek becomes known, as well as, the increase of building and land developments in the area. Additional faculty was added in 1993-94 to bring the total to twenty due to the partial elimination of split classes and the lowering of teacher-pupil ratios.