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Lindsey named superintendent of the year

The Tennessee School Plant Management Association has named Dr. Charles Lindsey, Superintendent of Knox County Schools System as the Superintendent of the Year for 2006, said Russ Oaks, system spokesman.

Lindsey accepted the award at the TSPMA Annual Conference June 15 in Pigeon Forge. TSPMA is an allied organization of the National School Plant Management Association that was established in 1995 to provide excellence in education through professional facilities management.

“I am honored to be selected as superintendent of the year by the plant management association,” said Lindsey. “Solid facilities management is critical to providing our students an atmosphere that is conducive to our core activity: providing a great education to over fifty-three thousand students in Knox County.”

Doug Whitted, former Knox County Schools new facilities supervisor, nominated Lindsey for the award in February. In a letter to the TSPMA Executive Director Bill Partin, Whitted cited Lindsey for his long-standing commitment to provide students a clean, safe and healthy school environment.

“He persuaded the Knox County Board of Education and Knox County Commission to fund fifteen million over a three-year period to replace roofs and HVAC systems,” said Whitted. “That amount of money, set aside strictly for physical plant upgrades, was unprecedented at that time in Knox County.” Dr. Lindsey has acquired a total of $42,819,711 “dedicated solely to physical plant upgrades,” Whitted said.

Oaks said that under Lindsey’s oversight, the school system has been able to replace the roofs on 42 facilities, upgrade or replace aged heating and air conditioning systems in 49 facilities, repave parking lots and drives on 35 campuses, upgrade the electrical systems in 28 facilities to accommodate modern technology, replace worn and dangerous floor covering in numerous facilities, establish a task force to upgrade codes-related issues on a continuing basis, fund athletic facilities repairs and upgrades to address public safety.

“When Dr. Lindsey became superintendent of Knox County Schools, our average yearly funding required our roofs to last seventy-two years, our paving to last forty-five years, our H-V-A-C to last thirty-nine years, our floor covering to last forty-one years,” said Whitted. “Needless to say, this has changed.”

“While facilities management may not be our core mission, it is part of the foundation upon which we build our classroom success,” said Lindsey. “If schools are not clean, if the heat and air conditioning systems do not work, and if the roof leaks, students will not perform on a level that will keep them on track to be competitive in our global economy.”


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