By Sally Absher

Special Called Board of Education Meeting – Tuesday, Jan. 19

School Board Chairman Doug Harris has scheduled a special called meeting of the Knox County Board of Education for Tuesday, January 19 to discuss a potential resignation agreement and a possible buyout of the superintendent’s contract.

The Special Called meeting will begin at 5 p.m. in the Boardroom on the first floor of the Andrew Johnson Building located at 912 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. The meeting will be broadcast live on Comcast Cable Channel 10 and streamed live at The Board’s Mid-Month Work Session will occur directly following the special called meeting.


Knox County Education Association kicks off “School Surprise” Initiative

Rebecca White, KCEA school representative from GAP Creek Elementary School, won the first monthly raffle at the October KCEA Representative meeting. The raffle is part of a new KCEA initiative called “School Surprise.”

Education Association President Lauren Hopson explained that a KCEA representative’s name will be drawn at each monthly meeting during the school year. The winning representative will then consult with their principal to identify a needed item (up to $100) that KCEA will purchase for their school. White and Gap Creek Principal Lisa Light identified some new PE equipment for PE teacher Susan Rohrer.

KCEA presented the equipment to Ms. Rohrer during the January 11 morning assembly with the kids. The Focus will report on subsequent School Surprise winners when the selected items are presented to the schools.


Call for Student Entries – Tate’s Regional Science Fair

Public, private, and home school students in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade are invited to enter in the 16th Tate’s Regional Science Fair. This year’s Science Fair is being conducted in partnership with TN Bank. Science, engineering and technology professionals will serve as judges.

If you are interested in participating, please begin the process of planning your project and submit your entry form. Entries will be accepted until March 25, 2016 and must include a $20 registration fee. The Fair and Award Ceremony will be held April 10 -12, 2016 at the Knoxville Christian Center on Cedar Bluff Rd.

Prizes include Mini iPads, EZ Rollers, Kindle Fires and much more! To request entry forms or to sign your school up to participate, please call 865-690-4255, visit, or email your request to Sponsorships are available.