The Knox County Board of Education voted Wednesday to end its agreement with the University of Tennessee's Leadership Academy, a training program for school administrators.

After public comment in support of and against the academy, board members voted 7-2 to terminate the agreement. Board members Gloria Deathridge and Lynne Fugate voted to keep the program.

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Several board members took issue with the direction of the Leadership Academy under the direction of former Knox County Superintendent Jim McIntyre, who now runs the program at UT.

Board member Tony Norman said there needs to be a leadership change at the Leadership Academy.

"He's got to go," Norman said, referring to McIntyre.

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Knox County Board of Education meeting on Dec. 6, 2017.

"I hear on a regular basis people that are not in favor of him training our current administrators given that we did not feel like he was the direction we wanted to go as a superintendent for Knox County," board chair Patti Bounds said.

Before the next board meeting, KCS Superintendent Bob Thomas will form a committee and address the county's concerns with the program in the hope of coming to a new agreement with the Leadership Academy.