Knoxville school officials are still waiting for more information from the state on last week’s announced 10% across-the-board cut. With nearly 84% of the school budget as personnel costs, the school board discussed reexamining the urgency of forming a committee to look at district restructuring opportunities to save money. In related news, Superintendent Dr. Randy Flack updated the board on certified enrollment: the district has 1,955 students this year, up from 1,945 last year.
The Knoxville School Board discussed the district’s borrowing capacity for physical plant projects at their bi-monthly meeting this week. Superintendent Randy Flack says the district would have to borrow some funds to complete roof repair, gym repairs at the middle school, and parking lot repair projects all at once, instead of stringing the projects along, which would likely mean a higher cost per project. Flack says the district is looking into how much money the district would need to borrow for the projects.
The Knoxville School Board is looking into how the district could use settlement funds from a Microsoft anti-trust case for more technology in the classroom. Superintendent Randy Flack says the funds—which the courts mandated Microsoft pay part of to the schools—would mean around $300,000 for the district, and a committee of teachers and administrators would be formed to look into ways to make learning more technologically relevant and accessible to students.