Knox County Commission approves McIntyre's contract

Knox County Commission approves McIntyre's contract

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The school board approved last week the contract extension for McIntyre on an eight to one vote, despite numerous voices of concern over what some feel is excessive testing of students and evaluations of teachers. The school board approved last week the contract extension for McIntyre on an eight to one vote, despite numerous voices of concern over what some feel is excessive testing of students and evaluations of teachers.
Ninth District Commissioner Mike Brown passed on his vote. He thinks the school board and McIntyre should have waited to renew the contract, giving time to see whether his programs are working. Ninth District Commissioner Mike Brown passed on his vote. He thinks the school board and McIntyre should have waited to renew the contract, giving time to see whether his programs are working.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Knox County Commission approved Monday the renewed contract with Director of Schools Dr. Jim McIntyre, but one commissioner decided to pass rather than vote in protest of the issues 6 News has been hearing about from teachers.

The school board approved last week the contract extension for McIntyre on an eight to one vote, despite numerous voices of concern over what some feel is excessive testing of students and evaluations of teachers.

Monday's vote was really just a formality. Chairman Brad Anders says Commission is required to hold a consent vote on contracts passed by the school board.

Ninth District Commissioner Mike Brown passed on his vote. He thinks the school board and McIntyre should have waited to renew the contract, giving time to see whether his programs are working.

"I want them to know, and I want the school board to know, and I want the people to know that I'm not happy with what's going on there. And I think they need to make some changes, and I think he needs to be a little more attentive to what's going on down the line and have a little more empathy toward them," said Brown.

"We've sent a survey out to all of our teachers about some of the questions and concerns and issues that were raised in the last few months, just to get some feedback. One of the things we've heard in the discussion is that there's not necessarily complete consensus even among teachers about some issues or areas," responded McIntyre.

Commissioner Brown says the survey was originally supposed to come before Commission so members could give their input on the questions.

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