Knox Co. Superintendent McIntyre says he's staying put

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Knox Co. Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre put to rest worries that he might be following Gov. Bill Haslam to Nashville.

At a school board work session Monday night, McIntyre said he's out of the running to become the state's next Education Commissioner.

McIntyre read the following statement:

"Governor Haslam and I had a conversation over the weekend about the position of Tennessee Commissioner of Education. While I have been on his "short list" for consideration for this appointment, we both agreed that there is much school improvement work still to be done here in Knoxville. With so many innovative education initiatives at the formative stages of development, we decided jointly that at this point in time it would be important for me to continue in my current role as Superintendent of the Knox County Schools. The Governor is continuing his national search to fill the position of Commissioner of Education, and I look forward to continuing to lead our community's effort to provide an outstanding public education for every child."

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