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December 2011

WHAT'S HERE

"State of the Schools"
Dr. Jim McIntyre, Superintendent of Knox County Schools, will deliver a "State of the Schools" address January 19th.


State Report Card
State, district, and school-level information on demographics, achievement, and discipline

Austin-East Improvement
Austin-East is no longer facing imminent takeover by the state due to improvements in key areas

NCLB Waiver requested
The State of Tennessee has submitted a waiver application for certain NCLB requirements.

Redistricting Plan Approved
The Knox County Commission's new redistricting plan aligns School Board and Commission districts but displaces two School Board seats.

Getting Volunteers for your classroom
Knox County Schools new Volunteer Management System pairs your classroom needs with community volunteers online.

Aspiring to be a Principal?
The Leadership Academy is now taking applications for the third cohort. Deadline is January 17, 2012.

Behind the Scenes:
The Knox County Schools Warehouse operations quietly but efficiently provides daily supplies at a savings for the system.




Superintendent to deliver "State of the Schools" address

Dr. Jim McIntyre, Superintendent of the Knox County Schools, will deliver a “State of the Schools” Report and Address on Thursday, January 19 at 5:30 p.m. at Gresham Middle School. School Board Chairman Thomas Deakins, County Mayor Tim Burchett and Great Schools Partnership President Buzz Thomas will also share their perspectives on public education in our community. The event is open to the public. (Read More)


State releases 2011 Report Card data

The Tennessee State Report Card includes state, district, and school-level information on achievement, demographics, and discipline. The Tennessee Education Improvement Act of 1992 established accountability standards for all public school in the state and required the Department of Education to produce a Report Card for the public each year. (Read More)





Austin-East no longer eligible for Achievement School District

The Knox County Schools has been informed by the Tennesee Achievement School District (ASDI) that based on its current accountability status, Austin-East Magnet High School is no longer facing imminent state takeover. The school has made significant improvement in several areas in the past few years. (More Details).
Tennessee submits NCLB waiver
The State of Tennessee has submitted a waiver application for certain requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, most commonly known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). The waiver is an effort to keep schools and districts focused on the ambitious, yet achievable goals of Tennessee's wining Race to the Top program. (Read More)
Knox County approves redistricting plan
On Nov. 10, 2011, the Knox County Commission approved new district boundaries for the County Commission itself and the Knox County Board of Education.  Redistricting is not rezoning.  For the first time, the district boundaries for both elected bodies fully align. (See Map of new District Boundaries).
Leadership Academy Now accepting applications
Talented educators who aspire to be principals in the Knox County Schools are encouraged to apply to be a part of the third cohort of the Leadership Academy, a collaborative effort between the Knox County Schools and the University of Tennessee. Applications are due by 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 17, 2012. (Read more, download application)
Community Volunteer site will pair classroom needs with volunteer talent
Getting volunteer assistance or volunteering to help in Knox County Schools will be just a few clicks away. The Knox County Schools Volunteer Management System pairs classroom, school, and district needs with individuals and groups in a searchable database. Teachers and administrators will post their volunteer needs. Community members and groups can browse the database and then register online to fill the need. More information on how to volunteer will be released mid-January.
Behind the scenes
Central Warehouse team saves money for system

Scott Whiting, Gary Jett, Bobby Russell, Bruce Sherrod, and Paul Jenkins may not be familiar names with many classroom teachers, but this quintet of KCS employees quietly plays a major role in the smooth operation of the system. They are the KCS Warehouse team. (Read More)
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