New Knox BOE already tackling issues facing schools
Andy Robin Boy Scouts proposed settlement
There are several new faces to the Knox County Board of Education, and already they're tackling some tough legal issues facing the schools. 9-2-14
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00:00 There are several new faces to the Knox County board
00:02 of education and already. They are tackling some pretty tough legal
00:06 issues facing the school's amber roundtree. John you get cut gowns
00:11 and Terry hill. For sworn in earlier today mistakes at nearly
00:15 half of the nine person Knox County school board. Stevie careless
00:18 at the scheduled work session and state a lot of pride
00:21 and brought up tonight. Yeah Andy Robin that they brought up
00:24 what I've knocked Tony -- director but Armstrong to discuss. A
00:27 number of issues from school facilities to whether the five year
00:31 strategic plan is even ballot now distressed nothing. Was decided on
00:35 today because this was a work session members that I discussed
00:38 plans for tomorrow as a regular session. First up the board
00:41 discussed whether they should make changes to how various groups rent
00:44 out space during off hours -- this could affect groups. Like
00:48 churches and Boy Scouts. Armstrong says this could potentially get into
00:52 a legal issue over discrimination if one group gets the space
00:55 over another and now another issue brought up. Is the five
00:59 year plan board member Mike MacMillan says I called to rescind
01:02 or cancel it. Last month he wanted to hold off the
01:05 planes into a new board what I took over for that
01:07 never happened. Armstrong so there could be legal violations when they
01:11 vote on when he voted on that plan last month. If
01:17 the August vote is rescinded didn't plan that was voted on
01:21 and approved in July is the plan that the school board
01:24 is operating under because really what we voted on an August.
01:27 Was an amendment. To the plan that we had approved in
01:31 July. Now also discussed tonight was he settlement over mixed drink
01:37 tax revenues from the town -- get a portion of those
01:39 tax dollars. We're gonna Knox County schools on there is a
01:42 proposed settlement that could be decided on tomorrow at the general
01:46 session where the schools would get. One point one million dollars
01:49 for -- over missing funds. Again nothing decided on today Robin
01:53 and that we hope to get some of those seasons tomorrow
01:56 at the general session. Got -- -- for 5 o'clock. Current
02:00 student Tara thank you.
Steve Butera, WBIR 11:13 p.m. EDT September 2, 2014
(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."