Knox County Schools Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre met with teachers Tuesday night to discuss ways to improve the school district.
The meeting came one week after a heated school board discussion where teachers described morale in the district as being "very low".
The "insight" meeting was held at Cedar Bluff Elementary School. The district says the purpose of an insight meeting is to guide the path of Knox County schools over the next five years.
So, the district asked teachers three simple questions: What's right with Knox County Schools? What's wrong with Knox County Schools? And, what's next for Knox County Schools?
Some teachers credited Knox County Schools with providing them with good training for Common Core. Others made sure to credit students in the district. One teacher said, in the end, students' efforts are really paying off.
Teachers also had plenty to say when it came to what's going wrong with the district. Many, once again, took aim at state-mandated measures.
Some called for a change to the current teacher evaluation system. While others wanted an increase in pay and more planning time for classes.
But, in the end, some teachers told 10News they were just happy to have the opportunity to talk directly to McIntyre.
Beaumont Magnet Academy teacher Katharine Randall said she's hopeful McIntyre will listen to their suggestions.
"I felt like today this was a very good meeting," she said. "I was definitely able to get my voice heard and I feel like because I was able to get my voice heard, I think that things may move and change in a different light."
McIntyre said he wants to keep the discussion going.
"I think the conversation's been really productive, I think it's been very healthy," he said. "I think it's very important to hear from our teachers what their experience in the classroom looks like."
McIntyre told teachers he would pass along some of their suggestions to the state's education department.
Another teacher insight meeting is planned for Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. at Ritta Elementary in Northeast Knox County.