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January 2012

Superintendent to deliver "State of the Schools" address

Dr. Jim McIntyre
Superintendent

Also sharing perspectives on public education in our community:



Thomas Deakins
Chairman
Knox County Board of Education








Tim Burchett
Mayor
Knox County






Buzz Thomas
President
Great Schools Partnership
Dr. Jim McIntyre, Superintendent of the Knox County Schools, will deliver a “State of the Schools” Report and Address on Thursday, January 19, 2012 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.

This inaugural event, co-hosted by the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce and the Knox County Council PTA, will provide an overview of academic progress in the Knox County Schools toward the goals outlined in its district-wide Strategic Plan.  The Knox County Board of Education approved the plan, entitled Excellence for All Children, in 2009. The report will also highlight the additional work necessary to provide our students with an excellent education in today’s increasingly competitive global environment.   In addition, the event will provide attendees with information on how to best support public education in Knox County.

 “While our achievements will be highlighted, we will also look at some of the most critical initiatives that will help accelerate our effectiveness and improve student academic success,” Dr. McIntyre said.  “We should be proud of our progress, but also recognize the significant effort and resources required to achieve our very ambitious goal of Excellence for All Children.”

Can't attend the meeting?
The State of the Schools Address will be broadcast live on Comcast Cable Channel 10, AT&T U-Verse Channel 99, and streamed live on our website. The public can also listen live on WKCS Falcon Radio 91.1 FM, East Tennessee’s only high school radio station.  






Directions to Gresham Middle School:

From downtown Knoxville, travel north on Broadway to Fountain City Lake. Turn left at traffic light on to Hotel Avenue. Bear right at first intersection. Gresham Middle School is immediately on the left after passing through the intersection.
Address: 500 Gresham Road, Knoxville, TN 37918

About the site:

Located on a wooded campus-like site, Gresham occupies one of the oldest public school buildings in Knox County,  There has been an educational institution at this location since at least as early as 1892, when a normal school was located there. It previously was Central High School until the current Central High was built and Gresham became a middle school.

The historic Auditorium where the address will take place was constructed in 1930-1931 during the Great Depression. It's architecture reflects the grandeur of the time.

In the movies:
The school's football/soccer stadium housed the football scenes from the movie "October Sky', the gymnasium housed the science fair from the same movie and part of Gresham's hallways were transformed into a hospital for the movie.

Students helping with presentation
As well as a report on the state of education in Knox County, the address provides a hands-on learning experience for the students. Students from Gresham, Fulton, Austin-East, and South-Doyle are helping with the inaugural "State of the Schools" address.

Fulton's School of Communications photography, Radio Broadcast, and TV Production students will assist in the setup and production of the event.

Austin-East and South-Doyle Culinary Class students are helping with food preparation for the reception following the address.

Gresham students will serve as guides, will perform small instrumental ensembles in three different section of the hallway before the program, and a choral ensemble will perform during the program. Gresham Beta Club officers will lead the pledge.















































    

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