Open forum welcomes feedback for Knox schools budget

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) An open forum to ask questions or provide feedback on Dr. Jim McIntyre's school budget proposal brought teachers, parents, even students to Christenberry Elementary Tuesday afternoon.

McIntyre proposed his 433 million dollar budget to the school board last week, but said he will redraft his proposal once he hears feedback from the community about what they would like to see done.

Dr. McIntyre is pushing for a three percent pay raise for teachers, but some in the audience said they aren't looking for a raise, they're looking for the best schooling for the students.

One teacher suggested dropping the teacher pay raise scale that is based on student performance, or merit-based pay. It was a notion McIntyre said he could get on board with, if other teachers agreed that's what they wanted.

"I'm open to adjusting that," McIntyre said. "But in order to do so, we need to have the same level of input and engagement and conversation with our teachers and stakeholders that we did in 2009 when we designed the current program."

Others asked for feedback on the implementation of the community schools program. McIntyre said the initial results look good with decreases in discipline referrals, and an increase in student participation in the classrooms.

McIntyre said he will redraft his budget proposal and present the final draft at the next school board meeting.

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