Knox County BOE votes to renew McIntyre's contract

Knox County BOE votes to renew McIntyre's contract

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The Knox County Board of Education voted to renew Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre's contract in an 8-1 vote. The Knox County Board of Education voted to renew Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre's contract in an 8-1 vote.

By SAMANTHA MANNING
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The Knox County Board of Education voted to renew Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre's contract at a meeting Monday night.

The board extended the contract in an 8-1 vote.

The vote came after a five hour session in which teachers, students, and board members spoke out.

This was the first BOE meeting where multiple speakers defended McIntyre.

"Dr. McIntyre has listened to us his whole tenure that he's been in Knox county," Pond Gap Elementary School principal Susan Espiritu said. "He consistently had open meetings, had parent meetings, teacher town talks."

"It's clear when you look at the whole picture that you see a man dedicated to the children and students and the teachers as well as administrators in this district," KPD Chief David Rausch said.

But as they did in the last two BOE meetings, several teachers spoke up to criticize the current policies and ask for change.

"Teachers need to have the freedom to slow down and reteach when students don't master a concept," one teacher said.

Several teachers said they weren't asking the board to fire McIntyre, but rather, they wanted them to delay the vote on the contract extension until they have seen results and a response to the frustrations voiced by teachers.

"There are some things that have been voiced recently that need to be acted upon and changes that need to be acted upon," Powell Elementary School teacher Kristin Wampler said.

"I am fine with it staying exactly as it is, however, I would like a wait and see to see about extending the contract because we have asked for some changes and I would like to see that some changes are made," Pleasant Ridge Elementary School teacher Amy Cate said.

More than 40 people lined up to speak at the meeting. The board spent more than an hour discussing the contract before returning with a vote just after 10 p.m.

Dr. McIntyre has served as superintendent of Knox County Schools for five years.

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