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Board of Education
About the Knox County Board of Education
The Knox County Schools system operates within policies set by a nine-member Board of Education.  Board Members are elected by district to a four-year term.  Their constituency includes residents from the City of Knoxville, Knox County and the Town of Farragut.  This body provides direction and oversight for all public schools within the county.  The Superintendent is appointed by the Board of Education and serves as the chief executive officer of the school system.

Deathridge
Kincannon
Harris
Fugate
Carson
Deakins
Sepesi
McMillan
Trainor
Gloria Deathridge
(Vice Chair)First
District
E-mail
Indya
Kincannon

Second
District
E-mail
Doug
Harris

Third
District
E-mail
Lynne
Fugate

(Chair)
Fourth
District
E-mail
Karen
Carson

Fifth
District
E-mail
Thomas A. Deakins
Sixth
District
E-mail
Kim Severance
Seventh
District
E-mail
Mike
McMillan

Eighth
District
E-mail
Pam
Trainor

Ninth
District
E-mail

2014 Legislative Priorities
With higher academic standards, innovative instructional initiatives, and intensive accountability, Tennessee has become a national leader in public education reform. In order to maintain this leadership position, accelerate our achievements, and ensure that every child in the Volunteer State receives a high quality education, the Knox County Board of Education adopts a legislative agenda. (Details of Legislative Agenda)

Calendar
Board Calendar - Online
Annual Calendar for 2013-2014

Public Feedback Invited
The Board of Education invites public feedback regarding standing policies or policies under consideration for implementation.  Your comments may be submitted to superintendent.

Regular Sessions
First Wednesday of each
month at 5:00 p.m.
unless otherwise noted in the 
Main Assembly Room of the 
City-County Building located 
at 400 Main avenue

Work Sessions
Monday before the regular meeting and the third Monday
of the month (Sept-May)
at 5:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted in the First Floor Board Room of the Andrew Johnson Building located at
912 South Gay Street

Executive Sessions
Executive sessions are called as needed.  Executive sessions are closed to the public and are for the Board to discuss legal issues with the Board attorney.
All other meetings are open to the public.

School Board's Vision
The entire community working together to attain the highest quality of life for all the people of Knox County.

School Board's Mission
To advocate Excellence for All Children by serving Knox County as the governing body for public education.

School Board Goals
  • Increase Student Achievement
  • Improve Recruiting and Retention of all Knox County Personnel
  • Increase Parental and Community Involvement
Student Representative to the Board of Education
Lucille Greer
2013-2014
Student Representative
West
High School
(865) 594-1630

The opinions and concerns of the students of Knox County Schools are important to the School Board. To increase Board awareness of the views of students, the Board of Education shall have a student representative.  The student representative will serve in a non-voting capacity, representing the interests of the students of Knox County Schools.


Agenda for Board Meetings
The agenda for Board meetings is developed by the Board Chair and the Superintendent.  Staff members or citizens of the district may suggest items for the agenda. (View Agenda)

For items to be considered on the agenda, they must be received in the Superintendent's office not later than 12:00 noon seven (7) days immediately preceding a regular meeting of the Board and not later than 12:00 noon three (3) days prior to any special/called meeting, excluding Saturdays and Sundays.  The person(s) requesting an item on the agenda must forward any background information to the Superintendent's office so that the material may be provided to the Board Members prior to the meeting. (View Agenda)

To Speak at the Public Forum
Each meeting has a public forum in which citizens may speak to the Board about any education related concerns they may have. Public forum at the work sessions immediately prior to a regular monthly meeting is limited to topics on the regular meeting agenda. Other public forums are open to all topics. Interested persons may sign up to speak by contacting the Board Executive Assistant at 594-1630 or by arriving at the meeting five minutes early to sign up.

Citizens addressing issues to the Board of Education during public forum have five minutes in which to do so. If a Board member wishes, he or she may ask the full board to extend that time in increments of one minute. Persons speaking at public forum must address the board chair and not individual board members or school staff members. They must also refrain from making personal reference to individual board or staff members. As a matter of order, members of the Board will not respond to persons addressing the Board, but may ask the superintendent to act or gather additional information.


Work Sessions
The Board conducts the majority of its work and debate during the twice-monthly work sessions. Action is taken on items discussed at these sessions during the regular monthly Board Meetings.

Special Meetings
The Board holds special meetings as necessary to transact the business of the Board. These meetings are called by the Chair whenever the interests of the schools require it or when requested to do so by a majority of the Board.

About the Board Minutes
Minutes from previous meetings are posted on the Knox County Schools website as soon as they are transcribed. You may access minutes for Regular, Work sessions, and called meetings.

Minutes of Meetings beginning January 2010:
Beginning January 2010, minutes of each meeting are posted along with the Board's Agenda for each meeting as soon as the minutes are approved. Visit the Agenda listing and select the date for which you want the minutes.
Access Agenda/Minute


Minutes prior to January 2000:
    
Regular Monthly
    
Mid-Month Work Sessions
   
Called Sessions
   
Executive Sessions
 


2012-2013 BUDGET INFORMATION
2013-2014 BUDGET INFORMATION

Previous Budgets:
2003 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009
| 2010 | 2011-12 | 2012-13
More on the Web
News & Notes
Calendars:
Board of Education Calendar
  • Complete listing of Board of Education Meetings dates and times. (View Calendar)
Contact Information
+ Terri Coatney, Executive Assistant
Click on name to see details.

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