On Monday, Feb. 14, Knox County Schools received a notification from Kirk Shrum that he will no longer be a candidate in the district’s superintendent search process.

Shrum is the Chief School Leadership Officer for Henry County Schools, in McDonough, Ga. He was one of three finalists who were scheduled to participate later this week in a community meeting and interview process as part of the KCS superintendent search.

The remaining finalists are:

  • Dr. Linda Cash, Director of Schools, Bradley County Schools, in Cleveland, Tenn.; and
  • Dr. Jon Rysewyk, Assistant Superintendent and Chief Academic Officer, Knox County Schools.


The remaining finalists will participate in a community meeting at 6 p.m. on Feb. 17, 2022, at Bearden High School, 8352 Kingston Pike. That meeting is open to the public, and community members can submit questions for the candidates using this link.

Additional information about the search, including candidate bios, application packages and a search timeline are available at knoxschools.org/supersearch.