More Board of Education News from April

By Sally Absher Despite the unanimous approval of Buzz Thomas as interim Superintendent, several other agenda items were less successful. Once again, Board members Patti Bounds and Amber Rountree were leaders in advocating for students and teachers in Knox County. On the agenda was a proposal for a contract for KCS to participate in the […]

The Chalk Board for April 4, 2016

By Sally Absher Kindergarten Round-up Tuesday, April 12 Kindergarten Round-up (registration/application) will be held Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at all Knox County Elementary schools for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year. At Kindergarten Round-up, parents receive important enrollment information about the upcoming school year. Children should be five years old by August 15, 2016, to enter […]

Town Hall Meeting held to Discuss Recent Threats at Farragut High School

By Sally Absher Karen Carson held a town hall meeting for the Fifth District community at Farragut High School Thursday, March 31, 2016 to discuss the recent threats at FHS, the school system’s response and the community’s ability to support a resolution to these concerns. Several dozen Farragut parents, students, teachers and staff attended the […]

The Chalk Board for March 28, 2016

By Sally Absher Evening of Elegance On April 11, Knox County Council PTA will host its annual Evening of Elegance at which local unit PTAs across the county are honored for their extraordinary work in our schools. In addition, the group will recognize some outstanding individuals who have gone above-and-beyond the call of duty by […]

$453.5 M Budget for Knox Schools Includes 3% Raise for Teachers

By Sally Absher KCS Superintendent Jim McIntyre presented an ambitious set of preliminary budgets at last Wednesday’s Board of Education Meeting. Included for discussion were the preliminary FY 2017 General Purpose Budget, Capital Improvement Plan, the Plan for Spending Accumulated Capital Savings, and the School Nutrition Fund Budget. According to the 2015 MOU between the […]

The Chalk Board for March 21, 2016

By Sally Absher It’s Budget Time for the Board of Education The Knox County Board of Education will hold its mid-month work session on Wednesday, March 23, at 5 pm in the Boardroom on the first floor of the Andrew Johnson Building (912  Gay Street). This month’s mid-month meeting will focus on discussion of the […]

Don’t look, don’t tell

By Sally Absher That is the directive on the TNReady test. Teachers are forbidden to look at or talk about the tests. And parents are certainly not allowed to see the tests! You just have to trust that everything lines up with the standards and the curriculum, the way the folks at the State (and […]

The Chalk Board for March 14, 2016

By Sally Absher Nominations Received for KCS Interim Superintendent March 7 was the deadline established by the Board of Education for those interested in being considered for the interim Superintendent position to submit their name, and for those wishing to nominate someone for the position to do so. Seven nominations were received. Last month the […]

Parents Stand Up Against Test Stress

By Sally Absher The testing window for Part One of the TNReady assessment has closed, at least for students in Knox County. The (revised) testing window is officially February 22 – March 18, but with KCS on Spring Break now, Knox County students finished up Part One by March 11. So it was timely that […]

Amendment Puts Adequate Public School Funding at Risk

By Sally Absher When Tennessee legislators last took their Oath of Office, they solemnly swore that “I will faithfully support the Constitution of this State and of the United States, and I do solemnly affirm that as a member of this General Assembly… I will not propose or assent to any bill, vote, or resolution, […]

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