KNOXVILLE (WATE) – The Knox County school board unanimously voted Monday to name Bob Thomas the new director of schools.

Thomas and Dale Lynch were recommended to the board by the the Superintendent Search Committee.

Thomas has served as an assistant superintendent for Knox County Schools since 1990. He serves as the chair of Knox County Schools administrative team for the Professional Educators Collaborative Conferencing Act and executive director for the Distinguished Professionals Education Institute.

The school board has already prepared a draft contract for Thomas and is prepared to discuss the details by the next work session. Base salary is expected to be $200,000.