Knox Co. Schools hosts public forum on upcoming budget

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Spending money is always a big deal, especially when it's millions of dollars. That's why Knox County Schools held a public forum to discuss the upcoming budget at Christenberry Elementary School Tuesday evening.

Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre has proposed a $433.7 million budget - up $13.8 million from last year. It focuses on three main things: maintaining excellence in the classroom, the new career magnet academy and teacher raises.

The budget includes a 3 percent raise for teachers, but that could change because the governor has announced that no state employees will get raises next year. Since the announcement, Dr. McIntyre said he's looked at revenues from the state's Basic Education Program and said they're down about $2.4 million. So the amount of money teachers get for raises - if any - is still up in the air.

"We're working through the numbers right now and trying to craft our final recommendation. But what I will say is it's still a priority for me in my final budget recommendation to the BOE to make some progress on teacher compensation," said McIntyre.

Dr. McIntyre also released his capital budget proposal Tuesday afternoon. It totals $15 million dollars for various roofing and HVAC projects during the upcoming fiscal year, and includes $75,000 for a middle school growth and zoning project. That could be good news for some parents in Hardin Valley and Gibbs, who have expressed the need for middle schools in their areas.

Dr. McIntyre will announce his final budget proposal to the Board of Education at their meeting on Monday, April 14.

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