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Knox County Commission moved to delay a decision on complete funding for a 2,100-student high school facility off Hardin Valley Road, citing a lack of information about academy-type schools as partial reasoning.

Knox County Board of Education 5th District representative Karen Carson, in our estimation, has done a stellar job educating the public through public forums, letters to the editor in farragutpress, along with open discussion with farragutpress writers in several pieces about the differences and advantages of the academy concept, all of which we feel confident she has made available to county

commissioners.

Carson now has the help of newly-elected 6th District Board of Education representative Thomas Deakins, who was present at two of the public forums, to carry the

message.

So it’s a little confusing as to how much more information Commission needs to make a decision affecting thousands of Knox County children.

Knox County officials state that other projects need funding too and are, in essense, more important than adequatly educating taxpayers’ children.

How can Knox County ever achieve a “Great Schools” status when it doesn’t fund school growth or maintain adequate funding for its present schools system?

Knox County needs to put its other projects on a backburner and see to the needs of the children, the county’s most important resource.

 

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