(WBIR-Knoxville) The newly-formed Knox County Board of Education had little time to celebrate their new positions, as the nine-person panel already went into a work session Tuesday afternoon.
Amber Rountree, Terry Hill and John Fugate were sworn in to their new positions before the planned meeting. Patti Lou Bounds, who won her seat earlier this year, was absent.
The board reviewed plans for discussion on Wednesday's regular session. Items that are on the agenda include rules on outside groups using school space during off hours and whether last month's vote for the 'five-year plan' followed the proper procedures.
Knox County Law Director Richard 'Bud' Armstrong was invited to the work session to give his opinion on the various matters. Nothing was decided on, because this was a work session. Decisions will be made at Wednesday's regular session.
One of the issues that had the most input was the five-year plan, which would bring a 'balanced calendar' for the school system. Last month, BOE member Mike McMillian wanted to hold off on a vote until the new board took over, and was denied. Tuesday, he tried to bring the issue to discussion again in an attempt to rescind or cancel the vote.
Chairperson Lynne Fugate talked about the plans, first voted on in July.
"If the August vote is rescinded, then the plan voted on and approved in July is the plan the school board is operating under," Fugate said. "What we really voted on in August was an amendment to the plan we approved in July."
For a whole list of Wednesday's agenda, visit Knox County Schools' website.