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Knoxville School Board Holds Final Public Hearing

Posted: Tuesday, March 16th, 2010 at 6:26 am
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The Knoxville School Board held their second of two public hearings Monday evening. Approximately 65 citizens attended the meeting and voiced their concern and support of the proposed plan to discontinue use of East Elementary and have grades Pre-K through 1st grade at West and 2nd through 5th grades at Northstar. Some attendees said they were concerned that students would not get enough one-on-one time with teachers, classes would be too large and the proposed plan was not in the best interest of students. Citizens questioned why a property tax increase was not being considered to make up for the shortfall because our taxes are much lower than many other area communities. The board expressed their reluctance to raise property taxes because of its impact on the community and local businesses. The final decision will be at the next regular school board meeting next Monday at 5pm in the Board of Education meeting room.

Savings Related to Closing an Elementary Building
Principal – $103,513
Classroom Teacher – $51,892
Classroom Teacher – $36,205
Classroom Teacher – $44,013
Reading Teacher – $53,157
Special Ed. Teacher – $64,860
Secretary – $25,319
Custodian – $26,253
Library Associate – $22,891
Building Associate – $22,029
Building Associate – $22,029
Title 1 Associate – $23,791
Special Ed Associate – $22,029
TOTAL = $517,981

Other Reductions
Goal Teaching Position – $42,193
HS Business Teacher – $54,423
MS Special Ed. Teacher – $40,990
HS At-Risk – $19,863 — Depends on counseling decision
MS Associate (4 FTE) – $95,943
HS Associate (4 FTE) – $ 95,943
Elementary Associate (6 FTE) – $143,777 — May reduce by 4; pending restructuring
AD Secretary – $12,957
Accounting Clerk – $42,655
One 6-12 Counselor – $73,793 — Depends on at-risk decision
MS Advisory – $2,160
9th and 10th Sponsors – $2,478
Panther Press – $721
1 Contest/Sport – $15,000 — Sub-varsity level – transportation & officials
Share Teacher-Librarian – 12,522
TOTAL = $655,418

GRAND TOTAL = $1,173,399