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Knox County Schools to Host Guest Principals in All Schools for Nov. 15 Program

More than 90 Knox County business and community leaders are scheduled to go back to school to spend a half day in the principal’s office on Tuesday, Nov. 15. These leaders will also be in the classroom, the cafeteria, teacher collaboration meetings, and more, thanks to Knox County Schools Principal for a Day (PFAD) program.

It is the first time since the program was reinstated in 2012 that all of Knox County’s 90 schools are slated to have a guest principal.
Most “principals” will begin their day as students arrive at schools across the district. Throughout the morning, they will spend time meeting with the school’s principal, visiting classrooms, engaging with teachers, interacting with support staff and experiencing school life first hand. School and guest principals alike will be tweeting and sharing their experiences by tagging @knoxschools in their posts.

Program participants and their hosting principals are also invited to attend a luncheon with Interim Superintendent Buzz Thomas at 11:30 a.m. at the Sarah Simpson Professional Development Center (801 Tipton Ave.) where they can share their experiences and further discuss what role the broader community plays in helping achieve our vision of being the best school system in the South.

“This program allows us to make an important connection between members of our community and our schools,” Thomas said. “By getting folks up close and personal with our students and educators, we are able to showcase the challenges and opportunities that exist in our schools, and ultimately strengthen relationships that can result in lasting partnerships.”

Please note that two or more board members may participate in the PFAD program and luncheon that follows.