League Hosts School Board Candidate Forum

By Sally Absher By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com Last week the League of Women Voters hosted a forum for contested candidates seeking election to the Board of Education in the Knox County March 1 primary election.  Early voting begins on February 10. Jennifer Owen, a former English and music teacher in Knox County Schools, and Grant […]

BOE Postpones Interim Superintendent Process Decision

By Sally Absher Last week the Board of Education defeated a resolution supporting Cultural Competency Training brought forth by Amber Rountree on behalf of Student Representative Sydney Gabrielson.  Gabrielson is continuing efforts on this topic started by last year’s Student Rep, Adam Hasan. The resolution supports training for teachers and administrators to better interact and […]

The Chalk Board for February 8, 2015

By Sally Absher Hardin Valley Academy APUSH Class Seeks Tickets to see ‘Hamilton’ Students in Ms. Guy’s AP U.S. History (APUSH) class at Hardin Valley Academy (HVA) are undertaking an ambitious project that illustrates how students in Knox County Schools are encouraged to “think and learn outside the box.” The Focus was contacted by Gabby […]

Jennifer Owen: Committed to Students

By Sally Absher In a letter to the Second District, BOE candidate Jennifer Owen said, “My excitement for the new year includes the potential for positive change for the community and students in Knox County Schools. I hope you will join me in driving that change by electing me to represent the Second District on […]

The Chalk Board: February 1, 2016

By Sally Absher Harrison Construction Gifts Holston Middle School Last Friday Harrison Construction hosted a special assembly from seventh grade students at Holston Middle School to announce a $15,201 grant to the school. The grant was given with the intent that a group of seventh grade students be given an incredible opportunity to further their […]

‘State of the School’ Addressed at South Doyle Middle School

By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com Last Tuesday, Principal Taiwo Sutton and the administrative team from South Doyle Middle School hosted a “State of the School” address. The school has been in the news recently with reports of fights and discipline, and behavior problems. Linda Holtzclaw, a 32 year veteran teacher, resigned from SDMS mid-semester last fall, […]

The Chalk Board for January 18, 2016

By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com Special Called Board of Education Meeting – Tuesday, Jan. 19 School Board Chairman Doug Harris has scheduled a special called meeting of the Knox County Board of Education for Tuesday, January 19 to discuss a potential resignation agreement and a possible buyout of the superintendent’s contract. The Special Called meeting will […]

A Quarter of a Million Dollars to Resign?

By Sally Absher abshers@knoxfocus.com When the news broke two weeks ago that Director of Schools Jim McIntyre was resigning, there were mixed reactions. Of course, those connected to the (Haslam) establishment bemoaned the loss of their “star quarterback,” citing gains in student achievement and graduation rates. One only has to look at a recent email […]

School Board Members Schooled By Law Director

By Sally Absher It is going to be a long seven months and three weeks. That is how much longer certain School Board Members will have to serve who won’t be seeking re-election. These “lame duck” BOE members seem to have made it their mission to cause as much disruption during Board meetings as they […]

The Chalk Board for January 11, 2016

By Sally Absher   Special Called Board of Education Meeting – Tuesday, January 19 School Board Chairman Doug Harris has scheduled a special called meeting of the Knox County Board of Education for Tuesday, January 19 to discuss a potential resignation agreement and a possible buyout of the superintendent’s contract. The meeting will begin at […]

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