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Hornback bids adieu

Dear Editor:

It has been a privilege and [an] honor to serve our community for the past four years on the Knox County School Board. The success our district received would not have been possible without [community volunteer] support and friendship.

In order to see where we are today, it is necessary to reflect on the past. [Community volunteers] communicated to me that we had inferior representation by previous board members. They did not return phone calls, the Cedar Bluff Campus had a promised feasibility study (after the primary school had been built as a temporary 28 years ago), West Valley Middle School was a block building and there was NO conversation about a NEW high school.

Some of the successes include: Always Accessible. Phone calls, e-mails and letters were answered within 24 hours; a town hall meeting (community school night) was conducted each year at [every] campus in the district—many [community volunteers] attended and I thank you; excellent working relationship with our Knox County commissioners and county mayor [was established], a first in the history of the district.

Always Accountable: Ensured that dollars were focused on students and the classrooms; real accountability measures were put into place to limit unnecessary spending; no school in the fifth district was placed on Tennessee’s No Child Left Behind improvement list; exceptional test scores and NO question that the district exceeded academically compared to other districts in Knox County; ended a costly and contentious lawsuit that had been filed against the County commission.

Always Working for Tomorrow: A serious discussion [was held] about a NEW high school and through the leadership of the county mayor and a community group, there are real plans for a high school. It is now up to the current board to work with county commission, the county mayor and the community to make it a reality.

Lotts Elementary School: Obtained additional acreage for future expansion; provided for a water tank for First Utility District to provide adequate and safe water supply for our growing dynamic community.

West Valley Middle School: Adequate seating was installed in the gymnasium; the parking lot was expanded to accommodate [an] additional 100 spaces; a competition track [built] that allows the three-time Knox County championship middle school track team to run at home; West Valley developed into a community school center that is home on Sundays and Wednesdays to the growing dynamic Northstar Community Church.

Bluegrass Elementary School: The construction of the walking track; expansion and construction of the parking lot; painting throughout the building; replacement [of] cafeteria tables and chairs.

Cedar Bluff campus: In January 2004, the primary school staff and PTSA leadership were presented with the design of the new Cedar Bluff Primary School; two pieces of property were purchased for the relocation of the primary school playground; deliberations for acreage to provide additional parking [were begun].

I want to take this time to thank [community volunteers] for working cooperatively with me. My life is blessed today for having served our community and working cooperatively with you.

I will continue to maintain an interactive and informative Web site at; please visit it regularly.


Brian Hornback

Blue Grass


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