Knox County superintendent proposes $1m in budget cuts to support teacher raises


KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Dr. Jim McIntyre’s proposed 2016 fiscal year budget for Knox County Schools includes $1 million in cuts, including central office and instructional coach positions, to help support a two percent raise for teachers.

In a memo to the school board dated June 25, McIntyre proposes saving $165,000 by cutting three currently vacant central office positions: Director of Program Management in the Curriculum and Instruction department, an administrative assistant position supporting the grants function in the accountability office, and Senior Advisor for High Needs Schools.Previous story: Burchett, McIntyre ‘fist-bump’ on 2 new Knox County schools, teacher raises

McIntyre is also recommending six instructional coach positions be cut. In the memo, he says that while instructional coaches have been important to support high quality teaching at the elementary and middle school level, teachers at the high school level have not perceived them as nearly as valuable. Carter, Central, Gibbs, Halls, Karns and Hardin Valley Academy would each lose one instructional coach position. The move would save $390,000.Web Extra: Read the full memo [PDF]

The memo also recommends reducing the amount charged back to Nutrition Services by $200,000 and using $150,000 in federal grant money to support extended learning time at priority schools such as Sarah Moore Greene. Because McIntyre says the anticipated cost for Internet bandwidth will not be as much as anticipated, he also recommends cutting the amount of money allocated to Internet bandwidth by $45,000.

He also recommends cutting the amount of money allocated to each magnet school by $5,000 for a total of $50,000 saved.

McIntyre says the money saved from the cuts would be returned to the general fund to help support 2 percent teacher raises.

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