• 2016 Collaborative Conferencing Poll Announcement

    In October, the Knox County Board of Education was presented with written requests from more than 15% of our professional employees to initiate the collaborative conferencing process.  In accordance with the Professional Educators Collaborative Conferencing Act (PECCA), the Board established a “Special Question Committee” to conduct a confidential poll of eligible professional employees to determine if a majority of these employees express a desire to participate in collaborative conferencing. 

    The committee, comprised of three School Board members and three professional employees, decided to conduct an online poll beginning November 14th and continuing until 12:00 p.m. on November 21st.   Votenet Solutions, a company specializing in online confidential polling, has been engaged to administer the election.

    Using a secret electronic ballot, you will be asked to answer two questions:


    1. Shall the professional employees of this LEA (Knox County Schools) undertake collaborative conferencing with the board of education?


    The second question will vary based on the yes or no answer to question one:


    1. If YES, which of the following professional organization would you like to represent you in collaborative conferencing?
    • Knox County Education Association
    • Professional Educators of Tennessee
    • Unaffiliated



    1. If NO, which of the following professional organizations would you prefer to represent you in collaborative conferencing?
    • Knox County Education Association
    • Professional Educators of Tennessee
    • Unaffiliated
    • None of the above


    By using a third party to administer the poll, the anonymity of participants and confidentiality of the poll are protected.    You will receive an e-mail message from eballot.com when the poll opens on November 14th.  This message will provide directions for participating in the poll and a unique code assigned only to you.  Votenet Solutions will not share any individual information with the Knox County Schools or any organization with an interest in the poll. The Special Question Committee will meet on November 21 at 4:15 p.m. to certify the results. At this time, Votenet Solutions will share only the poll results with the committee.  These results will become public at that time.

    Only “professional employees” as defined by the PECCA legislation may participate in the process.[1] Unlike the 1979 Education Professional Negotiations Act, which included all licensed employees within the definition of “professional employee,” PECCA excludes members of the “management team.”  The management team is defined as employees who devote a majority of their time to system-wide area or areas of professional personnel management, fiscal affairs or general management.  Specifically, principals, assistant principals, supervisors and others whose primary responsibilities are administration rather than teaching are included within the definition of management team employees, and therefore excluded from the collaborative conferencing process.

    If you do not receive an email from Votenet Solutions on November 21st, please send an e-mail note that includes your name, employee number, position, and school or primary worksite to rodney.russell@knoxschools.org.

    For additional information, please click on Special Question Poll FAQ.




    Dr. Rodney Russell

    Election Facilitator

    Knox County Schools                        



    [1] "Professional employee" means any person employed by any local board of education in a position that requires a license issued by the Department of Education for service in public elementary and secondary schools of this state, supported, in whole or in part, by local, state or federal funds, but shall not include any member of the management team.