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By Focus Staff

This week’s Knoxville Focus poll posed the question, “In your opinion, should the Superintendent of schools in Knox County be elected by the people or appointed by the school board?”

Almost 72% of respondents support electing the superintendent. This is an increase over Focus polls run in the past.

The highest support for electing the superintendent of schools was in the Sixth District, which is northwest Knox County, where a whopping 97% like the idea of electing the superintendent.  The district with the strongest opposition to electing a superintendent was the Fourth District, which is in West Knoxville around Sequoyah Hills.  More than 48% of residents in the Fourth District support appointing the superintendent, yet a majority still favor electing the superintendent.

More women than men favored electing the superintendent, with more than 75% of female respondents favoring an elected superintendent, while just over 67% of men say they favor an elected superintendent.