Commission looks at school fund requests

By Mike Steely

The Knox County Commission meets in a work session next Monday, July 20, at 5 p.m. in the City-County Building and will consider several requests from the school system including leasing 14 vehicles for Drivers Education. The 36-month lease, with Acme Auto Leasing LLC, will cost $67,134.48 for each 12-month period, or $67,134.48 over the three years.

The school system is also asking for $36,734 on a request with the state for transition services including vocational prohibition services. The money is the county’s match of a request of $122.488.

Special Education Services in the schools could get more than $11 million on a grant application with the state and $287,606 for Preschool Special Education. Green Magnet School could get $1.4 million on a grant request to the state for Title I improvement and the system’s English Literacy and Civics Service could receive $75,000 on a grant application with the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development, with a match of $7,500 from the county.

The state labor department is also being asked to provide a grant of $ 645,893 for Adult Education with a match of $64,589.

The sheriff’s department is asking for approval to accept two vehicles donated by the U. S. Marshal’s office for officers to work overtime for the marshals. They will also vote on accepting $ 2,000 from Target in a donation to purchase forensics equipment.

County Mayor Tim Burchett is asking the commissioners to approve the reappointment of Steve Roth and the appointment of Mike Crowder to the Metropolitan Planning Commission. Crowder will replace Jim Wakefield on that body.

The mayor is also asking for approval of the reappointment of Greg Logue to the Knox Chapman Utility District.

Burchett is also asking approval to accept a $4,000 sponsorship by United Healthcare Community Plan for his “Back to School Bash” to help cover the cost of the venue, supplies, and materials.

The commission will also consider giving $100,000- to the Knoxville Zoo for the fiscal year of 2016, giving $75,000 to Legacy Parks, and approval of real estate contracts for property sold for delinquent taxes either on-line or at live auctions.

The governing body should also pass resolutions honoring Richard Beeler, Taber Gable and Dr. Rodney D. Bennett.

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