Publisher’s Position: Backward Budgeting

Publisher’s Position: Backward Budgeting

By Steve Hunley The hallmark of Superintendent of Schools Jim McIntyre’s administration seems to be grand and glorious phraseology along with regular requests to jack up taxes. The superintendent is beginning to sound like a broken record. McIntyre really seems to believe there’s some chance the County Commission will provide extra money to give teachers […]

Publisher’s Position: Board of Education To Change

By Steve Hunley With the election of Amber Rountree, one thing is certain: the Knox County Board of Education absolutely will change.  No longer will East Knox County Board member Mike McMillan be kicked into a corner without getting a second to discuss those issues neither Superintendent Jim McIntyre and the majority don’t want to […]

Publisher’s Position: School Board Needs Change

Publisher’s Position: School Board Needs Change

By Steve Hunley Tomorrow the people of Knox County will cast their ballots for virtually every office in local government. The decisions made by the voters will affect us for years to come; judges and the attorney general have eight-year terms. Yet perhaps the most important races are those for the Knox County Board of […]

Publisher’s Position: Appointed Superintendent Playing Politics

Publisher’s Position: Appointed Superintendent Playing Politics

By Steve Hunley An appointed School Superintendent has a constituency of exactly five, a majority of the nine member Board of Education.  So long as the superintendent can keep five members of the Board happy, he can hang on to the best paying job in local government. In fact, McIntyre makes more than the vice-president […]

Publisher’s Position: McIntyre’s Minions

By Steve Hunley Minion: someone obeys the orders of a powerful leader or boss   Superintendent James McIntyre is appointed by the Knox County Board of Education.  While the superintendent is tasked with making the daily decisions of running the school system, the Board has the responsibility for managing the superintendent.  Under the reign of […]

Publisher’s Position: Superintendent Angling For Defacto Tax Hike

By Steve Hunley All of a sudden, School Superintendent Jim McIntyre is interested in giving the teachers a pay raise.  During his almost six years as superintendent, McIntyre hasn’t shown much concern or interest in educators, but recently he’s come under fire from unhappy teachers and the proposed pay raise is supposed to show teachers […]

Publisher’s Position: Gypped Again

Publisher’s Position: Gypped Again

By Steve Hunley Just when you think there’s nothing more the government can do to bounce against the ceiling of stupidity something always comes along to reassure you. A lot of folks have been outraged by the Board of Education having spent around $1.2 million for a study to show them where there is waste […]