Knox County commissioners clash with superintendent over school

Knox County commissioners clash with superintendent over school budget proposal

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Dr. Jim McIntyre outlined the school budget proposal and again stood behind the request for additional funding saying the budget is “tightly aligned to our educational priorities," and that it's a "no frills budget." Dr. Jim McIntyre outlined the school budget proposal and again stood behind the request for additional funding saying the budget is “tightly aligned to our educational priorities," and that it's a "no frills budget."
Commissioner Mike Brown said he feels teacher raises are at the bottom of McIntyre’s priorities. Commissioner Mike Brown said he feels teacher raises are at the bottom of McIntyre’s priorities.
Knoxville, TN - By SAMANTHA MANNING
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Knox County Commissioners clashed with Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jim McIntyre during Monday’s Finance Committee hearing.

Previous story: Proposed Knox County school budget includes teacher raises

Earlier this month, the Knox County Board of Education requested a budget that asks for $4.5 million more from commission with much of it going to support a 2.5 percent raise for teachers.

McIntyre outlined the school budget proposal and again stood behind the request for additional funding saying the budget is “tightly aligned to our educational priorities," and that it's a "no frills budget."

"It will require our community to stretch a bit," McIntyre said about the budget. He said he felt it was necessary for continued success.

Several commissioners fired back against McIntyre, saying they don’t believe his actions are in the best interest of teachers.

Commissioner Mike Brown said he feels teacher raises are at the bottom of McIntyre’s priorities.

"If a general on the battlefield doesn't feed his troops, he ought to get shot in the back,” Brown said. “Why don't you let these teachers know if at all possible that you're going to do something for them?”

"I think by this proposal and by the adoption of this budget by the school board I believe we're sending that message strongly and we hope that you will respond in kind by approving it," McIntyre responded.

Commissioner Tony Norman questioned the mathematics of the budget request and said he feels $1.6 million is sufficient to cover the raises, not $6 million as the school board has requested.

Norman also said he felt the budget should address teacher concerns including the evaluation process.

Commissioner Jeff Ownby, meanwhile, discussed the capitol plan portion of the budget.

Ownby said while he agrees Gibbs and Hardin Valley are in need of a middle school, he feels Gibbs should be prioritized because the need has existed there longer.

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