It was a new message, and an experiment in delivery.

Tuesday night, Knox County superintendent Jim McIntyre introduced his new five-year strategic plan for the district in a virtual town hall meeting.

Seated in a studio on the 6th floor of the KCS Central Office building in downtown Knoxville, McIntyre delivered his message through a webcam.

"We thought we might capture a group of folks who might not come out, physically, to a meeting but might spend an hour listening to us, in terms of what we're thinking," he said.

The district calls the next strategic plan "Excellence for Every Child," a subtle change from the previous "Excellence for All Children."

The plan features four themes, designed to support students, educators and the community:

  • Focus on every student
  • Invest in our people
  • Partner with stakeholders
  • Embrace a culture of excellence

McIntyre flipped through a series of Power Point slides before answering some questions through the virtual town hall that varied from technology investments to school budgets.

KCS will host another town hall style meeting, this time in person, on May 8th at Sterchi Elementary School. McIntyre expects the Board of Education will discuss the plan at their May mid-month meeting.

You can read Dr. McIntyre's full presentation here.

Or, you can watch his full virtual town hall here.

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