It’s budget time again, and it’s been three years since James McIntyre introduced his bold plan to improve Knox County Schools, which he proposed to finance with 35 million new dollars that would require a 35-cent property tax increase.
His announcement was accompanied by considerable fanfare and happy talk from the usual sources (the Chamber of Commerce, numerous progressive-minded community leaders, most media outlets), which was amplified by a bunch of TV commercials in heavy rotation.
On Wednesday, my Army-style volunteers Carol Springer and Ruth White and I are heading to Sarah Moore Greene Magnet Academy, where principal Susan Espiritu and an energized staff are creating a community school.
Our newspaper club is one of 15 that meet weekly after school to engage small groups. We’ll find out today if our student journalists volunteered Army-style, too.
A gusher of outside money – mostly from West Knox supporters of schools Superintendent James McIntyre – is pouring into the campaign of Tracie Sanger, one of three candidates on the Nov. 4 ballot for the second district school board seat. This is perfectly legal.
But a recent email sent to the membership of the West High School PTSO soliciting support and financial contributions for Sanger may have crossed the line.