Emerald Academy on track for approval

Knox County is on track to approve its first charter school.

The Board of Education is scheduled to discuss the application for Emerald Academy at next Wednesday's meeting.

Superintendent Jim McIntyre wrote a memo to board members that recommends the approval of the plan. It's the first time the superintendent has given a stamp of approval to a charter school application in Knox County.

The school would be run by the Emerald Youth Foundation and would open in fall 2015.

McIntyre also recommended that the board approve a proposal to extend the school day at Vine Middle School by 30 minutes. It's aimed at giving teachers more time to work with struggling students.

Those who don't need academic intervention will take part in enrichment activities during that time.

The board also will discuss the school system's budget and how to make up lost funding from the state.

The Board of Education work session begins on Monday at 5 p.m. The regular meeting is on Wednesday, also at 5.


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