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West Elementary Track Meet Postponed
Due to expected cold weather and rain, the West Elementary track meet scheduled for Tuesday, April 15 has been rescheduled to Wednesday, April 16.
FY15 Budget Approved by Board of Education
On Monday, April 14 the Knox County Board of Education approved the school system’s fiscal year 2015 general purpose budget, representing a total increase of 2.97% over the current year’s budget. The general purpose budget, which must be approved by the Knox County Commission, totals $432.335 million and includes a 2.5% base salary increase for teachers. More Info
Knox County Schools' 2014-2015 Budget
Dine Out for Education on April 15
The Knox County Schools’ 11th annual Dine Out for Education will take place on Tuesday, April 15, 2014. That day, nearly 40 area restaurants with close to 80 locations throughout Knox County will donate 10 percent of their proceeds from the day to the Knox County Schools. Participating restaurants will display the “Dine Out for Education” logo. For a complete list of participating restaurants, visit dofe.knoxschools.org.

In celebration of Dine Out for Education, Dr. Jim McIntyre, Superintendent of the Knox County Schools, along with other dignitaries, will enjoy lunch at Chandler’s Deli (3101 E. Magnolia Avenue), beginning at noon on April 15.

Proceeds from Dine Out for Education support Partners in Education programs, such as the annual Knox County Schools Career Day, Teacher Supply Depot, Schooled for Success, Barney Thompson Scholarships and teacher recognition programs. Partners in Education connects schools throughout Knox County with nearly 600 contributing organizations, businesses, civic clubs, churches, government agencies and individuals who want to make a difference in schools with their time, talent and resources. For more information, call 865-594-1909.
West High School Ranked in State, Nation in Washington Post Report
West High School has received a top ranking in Tennessee and an improved ranking in the nation in the Washington Post 2014 “America’s Most Challenging High Schools” report released this week. The school is ranked 4th in the state and received a national ranking of 512, up from 827 in 2013.

Schools on the list are ranked by a ratio of the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given in a school year, divided by the number of seniors who graduated that year. West High School offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (a magnet program) as well as Advanced Placement classes. The school has a four-year graduation rate of just below 92 percent and an average ACT score of 22.

For more information about the Washington Post “America’s Most Challenging High Schools” report, visit here.

For a direct link to the West High School ranking, visit here.
Career Magnet Academy at Pellissippi State
Hosts Hard Hat Tour
The Knox County Schools’ 90th school is under construction, and members of the Knox County Board of Education and the local media were invited to tour the facility and receive updates on the progress of the school. The Career Magnet Academy at Pellissippi State will provide multiple pathways to student success by offering education in four clusters: Advanced Manufacturing, Homeland Security, Sustainable Living and Teacher Preparation. It will enroll 125 incoming freshman upon opening in August 2014. The school is located on the campus of Pellissippi State Community College’s Strawberry Plains campus (7201 Strawberry Plains Pike).
John Derek Faulconer, principal at the new Career Magnet Academy, provides an overview of the school during a construction tour of the facility.
Facilities Supervisor Doug Dillingham tours Knox County Board of Education members and the media through construction of the new Career Magnet Academy at Pellissippi State.  The school will be roughly 36,000 square feet and have 15 learning areas that include science labs, traditional classrooms, teacher planning areas, a media center, and a health and wellness room.
Pre-K and Preschool Offer Round-ups
The Knox County Schools offers round-up events for pre-kindergarten- and preschool-aged children for the 2014-2015 school year.  More Info
Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Application Round-up: April 28-May 8, 2014

Title I Preschool Round-up: Spring 2014
Superintendent delivers “State of the Schools” Address
Dr. Jim McIntyre, Superintendent of the Knox County Schools, delivered his third annual “State of the Schools Address” February 11 at Hardin Valley Academy.

The State of the Schools Address provides an overview of academic progress in the Knox County Schools, gives an update on implementation of the five-year strategic plan entitled Excellence for All Children, and outlines the educational goals and aspirations for the coming year.


Strategic Plan Development - Knox  Schools 2020
We are very pleased with the amount of feedback we have received from stakeholders regarding the development of the next five-year strategic plan for Knox County Schools. The next step is to consolidate the information into a draft document. For periodic updates, please continue to visit the Knoxschools2020.org website and also follow us on Twitter @knoxschools2020. As always, if you have any questions or concerns don't hesitate to email us at knoxschools2020@knoxschools.org.

Knox County Schools Strategic Plan: 

The strategic plan is the culmination of a year-long effort to identify and assess the strengths and the needs of the Knox County Schools. The plan builds on the vision for the future, Building on Strength: Excellence for All Children, that I presented to the Board of Education and the community in December 2008.

Just as we did with the development of the vision, we have had broad stakeholder participation and comment as we have developed this strategic plan. We have collected insights at multiple community forums and meetings with school leaders. The Knox County Council PTA, the Knox County Education Association, the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce and our school principals were also represented on the strategic plan advisory group.

This strategic plan provides a blueprint for our actions, and defines our success for the next five years. There are areas in this strategic plan that are very specific in nature, elements that are more general, and some components that will require additional research and analysis. We have clearly established goals and initiatives that will be regularly measured using a variety of methods and metrics.

This strategic plan provides for the productive development of our instructional practices, processes, and systems, as well as an educational culture that will enable us to realize higher levels of academic success for all students, and achieve our vision of Excellence for All Children.


James P. McIntyre, Jr.
Tennessee's selection as one of two first round "Race to the Top" winners highlighted the state as a national leader in public education reform and improvement.  Setting and meeting higher standards for a better education is a major part of the state's plan. (More)

Knox County Schools Mission:
Knox County Schools will enable all students to achieve academic success based on established performance standards and students' individual needs and abilities, by providing highly trained teachers, a nurturing environment and by partnering with parents and the community to ensure that a commitment to education continues outside the classroom.

From I-40 W, take exit 388A for James White Parkway. Merge onto Downtown Loop/James White Parkway. Take the exit toward US-441/Downtown/Cumberland Ave onto Cumberland Avenue. Turn left onto Gay Street. Turn left onto Hill Avenue then left onto State Street where parking is available in the Dwight Kessel Parking Garage on the right.

From I-40 E, take the 389 Exit for Hall of Fame Drive toward US 441- N/Broadway. Keep left at the fork and merge onto Downtown Loop/James White Parkway. Take exit US-441 S/Downtown/Cumberland Avenue onto Cumberland Avenue. Take the first left onto Gay Street. Turn left onto Hill Avenue then left onto State Street where parking is available in the Dwight Kessel Parking Garage.

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