Knox BOE members weigh in on vote to extend McIntyre’s contract

Knox BOE members weigh in on vote to extend McIntyre’s contract

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Several Knox County Board of Education members said they are hoping Monday's vote to extend Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre's contract will pave the way for positive change ahead. Several Knox County Board of Education members said they are hoping Monday's vote to extend Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre's contract will pave the way for positive change ahead.
Teachers packed Monday night's school board meeting. Teachers packed Monday night's school board meeting.
Only Mike McMillan voted against it. "I felt we could give him two or three months to see how he'd handle it, and then we could do a vote at that time," he said. Only Mike McMillan voted against it. "I felt we could give him two or three months to see how he'd handle it, and then we could do a vote at that time," he said.
"Dr. McIntyre, I'm confident, has the ability to make the changes needed to support our teachers better," Indya Kincannon said. "Dr. McIntyre, I'm confident, has the ability to make the changes needed to support our teachers better," Indya Kincannon said.

By SAMANTHA MANNING
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Several Knox County Board of Education members said they are hoping Monday's vote to extend Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre's contract will pave the way for positive change ahead.

"This is a win for teachers," BOE member Indya Kincannon said.

The BOE voted eight to one in favor of extending the contract, with only Mike McMillan voting against it.

"Dr. McIntyre, I'm confident, has the ability to make the changes needed to support our teachers better," Kincannon said.

Several people took to the podium Monday to defend McIntyre's record as superintendent and request that the contract extension be granted, including KPD Chief David Rausch and District Attorney Randy Nichols.

"Dr. McIntyre has a unique way of addressing being firm, but yet polite," Nichols said.

There were still several concerned teachers and parents speaking up to again ask for change, saying they wanted the board to delay the vote.

"Extending now sends the message to Dr. McIntyre that we the people of Knox County are pleased with the direction we are going, and as for the people of Knox County, that is just not the case," one teacher said.

"I felt we could give him two or three months to see how he'd handle it, and then we could do a vote at that time," McMillan said.

McMillan said in the coming months, McIntyre will need to show he's not only listening to teachers, but also has plans to implement real reform.

"He is a very good listener and he seems to take a lot of notes and things, but I think on the part of the teachers, they felt like it was, ‘You're listening but you're not doing anything,'" McMillan said.

"Now more than ever, we are hearing them and we are listening to them, and we're going to respond to their concerns," Kincannon said.

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