Renewal or Extension, It’s Still A Million Dollars

By Sally Absher The Board of Education Special Call meeting last week to discuss Dr. McIntyre’s contract extension/renewal (the Law Department still isn’t quite sure which term is correct) got off to a rough start almost immediately. Amber Rountree made a motion to delay discussion and action on the contract for a minimum of 30 […]

Singing ‘Kumbaya’ at December Board of Education Meeting

By Sally Absher By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com The Board of Education took up several potentially controversial topics at last Wednesday’s December Regular Board meeting, including  a recommendation regarding inclusion of high school EOC scores in final student grades, a proposal of Emerald Charter School to revise their enrollment plan, and a resolution regarding TN Ready […]

The Chalk Board

By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com South Doyle Middle School Announces State of the Schools for January 12 The administration and staff of South Doyle Middle School invite you to attend their State of the School address and open communication meeting at 6 p.m. on January 12th in the auditorium. Principal Taiwo (Tye) Sutton and the administrative […]

Our Story: Former Lady Bulldog Softball Players

By Sally Absher Several months ago, the Focus reported on the untimely forced resignation of BHS Softball Coach Leonard Sams. Coach Sams took the BHS softball team to State tournament last May – a first in Bearden history, and had just been voted District Coach of the year by his peers. Two weeks later, the […]

The Chalk Board, November 23, 2015

By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com   Fulton Student Awarded “Golden Eagle” Scholarship More than 100 Latino students and families attended the region’s first Latino College and Resource Fair hosted at Fulton High School on Tuesday.  The event planning team surprised student team member Ana Gutierrez Roman with a scholarship funded by vendor registration fees. The “Golden […]

The Chalk Board, November 16, 2015

By Sally Absher Director of Schools Jim McIntyre Releases Self -Evaluation As part of his annual evaluation, Dr. McIntyre submitted an eight page self-evaluation for the last evaluation cycle before the new rubric evaluation process approved by the Board of Education kicks in next year. McIntyre begins his self-evaluation with this statement, “After several years […]

2015 Graduation Rates, ACT Scores for Knox County

By Sally Absher The banner at the top of the Knox County Schools website proclaims “Tennessee State Report Card Reveals Knox County Schools Achieves 90% High School Graduation Rate.” Admittedly, that is an improvement over the KCS graduation of 79.3% in 2008, and the graduation rate has been creeping up for the past three years […]

School Board Rejects Non-Renewal Policy Revisions

By Sally Absher After deferring it for several months, the KCS Board of Education spent considerable time during both their work session and regular monthly meeting last week discussing revisions to Policy GBG, “Non-Tenure,” only to reject the first reading of revisions proposed by the Law Department and further revised by Board Chairman Doug Harris. […]

Controversial Reform Group The New Teacher Project Exposed at Board Meeting

By Sally Absher The “Approval of a Services Agreement with The New Teacher Project Inc. (TNTP) to perform a literacy diagnostic at West Hills Elementary School at no cost to KCS” listed on Wednesday’s consent agenda generated some interesting discussion at last week’s Board meetings.  Dr. McIntyre almost snuck it past the school board, but […]

The Chalk Board: November 6, 2015

By Sally Absher TN Ready Testing on an Empty Stomach? Last week local high schools began Part 1 of the New Improved TN Ready standardized end of course assessments for fall semester classes (despite it being about a month and a half from the end of the course). The tests, which are conducted online, require […]