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New school liaison committee meets

A newly-formed Education Relations Committee, chartered by the Town, met for the first time, Thursday, Oct. 9, at Farragut Town Hall.

The group discussed how to help the schools through community action.

Thomas Deakins, Knox County School Board District 6 representative, said, “We can tap tons of talent” in the community.

“Farragut schools have the least funds given and perform the highest,” Mayor Ralph McGill said.

“There are people behind the scenes fixing things.

“I want to help enrich the education process in Farragut and think outside the box. Invite citizens and businesses into the schools and learn what they need,” he added.

Farragut High School principal Michael Reynolds sat in on the meeting.

“We need community involvement to sustain the school and survive,” he said.

“Go into the schools for yourself and see what to do to help. I think you’ll see the obvious needs. If you want to know [how to help], ask your kids. You’re a part of it. It’s your community. Own it,” he added.

Committee members said they would contact local principals to see what individual schools’ needs are.

Carla Lyle, senior manager at BB&T Farragut branch bank, said it was important that community residents understood the impact of schools.

“Homeowners need to know that their home value is a direct result from the community schools,” she said.

Lyle also said the committee could work with teachers to help students learn simple actions such as balancing a checkbook.

John Williams, Farragut Alderman, pressed that “Farragut schools don’t exist” and that ultimately the group needed to consider and work with other Knox County schools.

Other members include Heather Marshall, who moved to Farragut from San Diego, Calif. choosing Farragut because of the schools.

Rezoning, however, sent them to Hardin Valley.

She works daily in a classroom, teaching geometry, among other things.

Carol Littlejohn was a librarian and a teacher in South Africa and the U.S.

She is writing her sixth book and wants to integrate her skills and volunteer to help. She said, “Use me.”

Elizabeth Clemens came to Knoxville as a Hurricane Katrina refugee four years ago. She has decades of teaching experience in New Orleans, La. and said she plans to use that to help evaluate the Farragut schools.

Shannon Warden, a mother with children in Knox County Schools and a pastor’s wife, is PTA president at Farragut Intermediate School. She also a marriage and family counselor.

Margaret Johns also serves on the committee.

Committee will next meet Wednesday, Nov. 4, at Farragut Intermediate School with guest and FIS principal Kay Wellons.


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