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KNOX COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION
REGULAR SESSION
April 14, 2021

MINUTES


 
The Knox County Board of Education met in Regular Session on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 in the Main Assembly Room of the City-County Building at 400 Main Street, Knoxville, Tennessee.  The meeting could be viewed in its entirety on the video located on the Knox County Board of Education website at knoxschools.org.  All supporting documents were posted with the agenda on the website.
 
Present:
Evetty Satterfield, District 1  
 
Jennifer Owen, District 2  
 
Daniel Watson, District 3  
 
Virginia Babb, District 4  
 
Susan Horn, District 5  
 
Betsy Henderson, District 6  
 
Patti Lou Bounds, District 7  
 
Mike McMillan, District 8  
 
Kristi Kristy, District 9  
 
Abigail Lee, Student Representative  
Chair Horn presiding
             
1   A Moment of Silence was observed followed by the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag led by Ms. Owen.
             
2   Announcements
 
  • The Board's Student Representative Selection Committee was currently conducting the selection of the student who would serve for the 2021-2022 school year. The process would be concluded with the student's introduction in May in accordance with Board Policy J-450.
  • There would be a community meeting regarding the Knox County Schools Fiscal Year 2022 Budget on April 15 at Central High School starting at 5:30 p.m. The meeting was open to the public and would also be live-streamed.
  • Superintendent Thomas shared that everyone had heavy hearts regarding the recent tragic events in the Austin-East Magnet High School community and the death of student Anthony Thompson. This would be the fifth time a student from that community had lost their lives to gun violence. The school would remain closed for several days with extra staff and additional counselors available at the school over the coming weeks. Superintendent Thomas stated it was vital a solution be found but noted that Knox County Schools could not do it alone and he welcomed all stakeholders to work with City of Knoxville, Knox County, and KCS officials.
             
3   Changes to the Agenda
  Ms. Horn confirmed the addition of item 10D regarding an agreement with the City of Knoxville for Knox County Schools' use of Christenberry Recreation Center. She also confirmed the order of items 10D and 10C would be switched and items 7D and 7E would become 10E and 10F so that all discussion and actions regarding COVID-related items would be grouped together at the end of the agenda.
             
4   Approval of the Agenda
  On motion made by Kristi Kristy, seconded by Daniel Watson
  Vote: 9 - 0 Passed
             
5   Special Recognition of Amanda Callahan-Mims, Elementary School Teacher of the Year
  The Board and Superintendent Thomas recognized Elementary School Teacher of the Year Amanda Callahan-Mims. Ms. Mims had created a cross-curricular program, promoted STEM careers and helped students write over 300,000 lines of computer code. Superintendent Thomas congratulated her on this well-deserved award and expressed his gratitude the Knox County Schools had such amazing educators.
             
6   Consent Agenda
  On motion made by Kristi Kristy, seconded by Mike McMillan
  Vote: 9 - 0 Passed
             
A   Payment of Bills
             
B   AI -6658    Approve Minutes of Meetings
  • March 3, 2021 Work Session
  • March 10, 2021 Regular Session
             
C   Ratification of Executive Committee Action
             
1   Approve Release from Compulsory Attendance
  • Student #00FHS012020-21
             
D   Items/Contracts:
             
1   AI -6661    Approve Engagement Letter with Gallup, Inc. for provision of research-based assessments to aid with the selection of candidates for employment for the term of May 1, 2021 through April 30, 2024 which may be renewed annually for two (2) additional years at an annual cost of $49,655.00 using Human Resources General Purpose funds
             
2   AI -6678    Approve Educator Preparation Provider/Local Education Agency State-Recognized Primary Partnership Agreement with Western Governors University for the term of January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021 with an option to renew annually up to five (5) years
             
3   AI -6679    Approve agreement with Eastern Illinois University for provision of direct experiences, to include student teaching, for students of the University for a three (3) year term beginning April 1, 2021 which may be renewed for an additional two (2) years
             
4   AI -6662    Approve Memorandum of Understanding with East Tennessee Children's Hospital Association, Inc. for provision of Electronic Education Documentation System (eeds™) for continuing education modules for school nurses for a one-year term starting on April 12, 2021, which may be renewed, at a cost of $1,490.00 per module using Health Services General Purpose funds
             
5   AI -6663    Approve form Outreach Program Agreement with Ijams Nature Center to allow school administrators the authority to approve said agreement, renewable each year for a maximum of five (5) years
             
6   AI -6664    Approve Event Contract with The Venue of Lenoir City for venue and related services for Farragut High School's prom on May 1, 2021 at an estimated cost of $18,250.00 using proceeds from ticket sales
             
7   AI -6677    Approve contract with Music In Motion for DJ and lighting services for Hardin Valley Academy's prom on April 30, 2021 at an estimated cost of $3,000.00 using proceeds from ticket sales
             
8   AI -6665    Approve contract with Special Notes Entertainment Agency for DJ, lighting and photo booth services for Powell High School's prom on May 14, 2021 at an estimated cost of $1,750.00 using proceeds from ticket sales
             
9   AI -6666    Approve Amendment to License Agreement with The Pavilion at Hunter Valley Farm for venue and related services for South-Doyle High School's prom on May 7, 2021 at an estimated cost of $8,250.00 using proceeds from ticket sales
             
7   Board Policies
             
A   AI -6673    Approve first reading of Knox County Board of Education Policy D-100 "Fiscal Management Goals and Objectives" as amended - Discussed at Policy Review
  Ms. Owen made a motion to move Policy D-100 back to the policy review process due to a potential conflict. Mr. Watson seconded the motion.

Vote: 9-0 Passed
             
B   AI -6675    Approve first reading of Knox County Board of Education Policy D-110 "Annual Operating Budget" as amended - Discussed at Policy Review
  On motion made by Kristi Kristy, seconded by Mike McMillan
  Vote: 9 - 0 Passed
             
C   AI -6676    Approve first reading of Knox County Board of Education Policy D-280 "Fundraising Activities" as amended - Discussed at Policy Review
  On motion made by Kristi Kristy, seconded by Virginia Babb
  Vote: 9 - 0 Passed
             
8   Grants
             
A   AI -6667    Approve Tennessee Department of Education Equipment Assistance Grant in the amount of $60,000.00 designated to the purchase of a serving line for A.L. Lotts Elementary School - Recommended by Superintendent
  On motion made by Kristi Kristy, seconded by Jennifer Owen
  Vote: 9 - 0 Passed
             
9   Contracts
             
A   AI -6669    Approve 2nd Amendment to Contract with Rouse Construction Company for construction of a new Lonsdale Elementary School (approved by Board on July 15, 2020) to set the guaranteed maximum price at $19,950,000.00 and establish the dates of substantial completion for both project phases as defined in the contract - Recommended by Superintendent
  On motion made by Evetty Satterfield, seconded by Jennifer Owen
  Vote: 9 - 0 Passed
             
B   AI -6668    Approve contract with Rouse Construction Company for construction of the Farragut High School Softball Facility at a cost of $1,305,000.00 using Capital Plan funds - Recommended by Superintendent
  On motion made by Kristi Kristy, seconded by Daniel Watson
  Vote: 9 - 0 Passed
             
C   AI -6671    Approve Fee Proposal from Lewis Group Architects for exterior improvements to Halls High School at a cost of $78,500.00 using Capital Plan funds - Recommended by Superintendent
  On motion made by Patti Lou Bounds, seconded by Kristi Kristy
  Vote: 9 - 0 Passed
             
D   AI -6670    Approve contracts with Planet Protection Services and Professional Environmental Consulting, Inc. for asbestos monitoring services not to exceed a cost of $250,000.00 annually for the term of May 1, 2021 to April 30, 2022 which may be renewed for an additional four (4) years - Recommended by Superintendent
  On motion made by Kristi Kristy, seconded by Virginia Babb
  Vote: 9 - 0 Passed
             
10   Regular Agenda Items
             
A   AI -6672    Approve Knox County Schools 2022-2023 school year calendar - Recommended by Superintendent
  Ms. Bounds asked for confirmation that election events were taken into consideration. Assistant Superintendent and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Jon Rysewyk confirmed the calendar committee had worked with the Election Commission office on the calendar.
  On motion made by Kristi Kristy, seconded by Patti Lou Bounds
  Vote: 9 - 0 Passed
             
B   AI -6660    Approve COVID-19 emergency paid leave plan for January 1, 2021 through June 30, 2021 - Recommended by Superintendent
  Public Forum
  • Tanya Coats, KCEA President, of Knox County, Tennessee addressed the Board regarding the proposed COVID-19 emergency paid leave plan.

Mr. Watson made a motion to approve the plan. Ms. Kristy seconded the motion.

Mr. McMillan asked how many employees were expected to utilize the emergency leave days if this item were approved. Human Resources Executive Director reported the district had received 3 requests to date but noted there may be other requests. Mr. McMillan asked if an estimated cost could be confirmed. Chief Financial Officer Ron McPherson said any costs were not associated with funding, but about returning sick days to employees who had used their personal sick leave for COVID-related issues. Mr. Bolton said this Board would be following precedent set by multiple other Tennessee school districts. Mr. McMillan asked how many days had been allowed during the fall semester. Mr. Bolton stated that 10 days had been allowed during the fall semester.

Ms. Henderson expressed her support of adding the 3 additional days and made a substitute motion to approve the plan with 10 emergency paid leave days instead of the proposed 7 days. Ms. Owen seconded the motion.

Vote: 9-0 Passed
             
C   AI -6686    Approve agreement with City of Knoxville for lease of portions of the Christenberry Recreation Center for a period of ten (10) years - Recommended by Superintendent
  Ms. Owen shared that she has spoken with the school administration at Christenberry Elementary School who confirmed a great relationship with the City of Knoxville for the school's continued use of the Christenberry Recreation Center.
  On motion made by Kristi Kristy, seconded by Jennifer Owen
  Vote: 9 - 0 Passed
             
D   AI -6685    Discussion and possible action on protocols related to COVID-19 for the 2021-2022 school year
  Ms. Kristy made a motion to approve the Superintendent's recommended protocols for the 2021-2022 school year. Ms. Babb seconded the motion.

Ms. Satterfield stated she understood comments she made at the Board's April 7 work session may have been hurtful. She explained that she had reached a threshold and asked for understanding and grace. She encouraged the Board to get back on track and support the hard work of teachers.

Mr. Watson also reflected on the work session meeting and apologized to Ms. Satterfield for not speaking up. He stated that systems had historically oppressed black and brown people and for the Board to be accused of discrimination for asking attendees who chose not to wear a face mask to view the meeting live from a separate area when they were being accommodated was not a fight he wanted to give energy to. Mr. Watson felt for someone to co-op the pain of recent murders of students and direct comments to Ms. Satterfield was wrong and uncalled for. He pointed out that out of 57 elected Board Members since the time the city and county schools merged in 1987-1988, only 3 were minority and all from District 1.  He stated that was why the work of the Disparities in Educational Outcomes Task Force had continued. He repeated his apology for not standing with Ms. Satterfield when remarks were directed at her at the April 7 work session.

Ms. Babb read Board Policy B-180 "Public Forum" to clarify the rules and provide guidance to those registered to speak.

Public Forum
  • Edna Gibson of Knox County, Tennessee addressed the Board regarding face masks.
  • Patti King of Knox County, Tennessee addressed the Board regarding COVID mandates.
  • Sherry Garrett of Knox County, Tennessee addressed the Board regarding face masks.
  • Steven Elliot of Knox County, Tennessee addressed the Board regarding face masks.
  • Izzabella Elliot of Knox County, Tennessee addressed the Board regarding face masks.
  • Naomi Elliot of Knox County, Tennessee addressed the Board regarding face masks.
  • Kim Sprague of Knox County, Tennessee addressed the Board regarding face masks.
  • Shelly Wilson of Knox County, Tennessee addressed the Board regarding face masks.
  • Ashley Burns of Knox County, Tennessee addressed the Board regarding face masks.
  • Elizabeth Wagner of Knox County, Tennessee addressed the Board regarding face masks.
Ms. Kristy asked Deputy Law Director Gary Dupler if the current state of emergency still in effect in Tennessee affected what the Board could do at this time. Mr. Dupler stated Governor Bill Lee had extended his Executive Orders through April 28 and he did not know about anything following that date. There were several agencies the Board could seek guidance from, but if they wanted to choose one, Mr. Dupler's recommendation would be the Tennessee Department of Health, since public schools were governed by the State. He said the Knox County Health Department and any Federal agencies could also be referenced. Ms. Kristy asked if the Board could enforce policy if the Governor's Executive Orders dictated what the Board could and could not do. Mr. Dupler said the Governor had stated that schools could open, but other things were currently unclear, and Knox County Schools continued to seek State guidance. Ms. Kristy stated she was fine with sunsetting the face coverings policy as proposed, but reminded the Board there was a high probability of the district being in a different place in August.

Mr. Watson asked Mr. Dupler if the Governor chose to lift his Executive Order on April 28 if the Board lost the ability to require masks. Mr. Dupler said it was hard to answer what ifs but noted if the Board continued on the current path, it would be problematic if the current state of emergency due to the pandemic was not continued. Mr. Watson stated no one knew what the Governor might do but he felt the Board needed to plan anyway with the understanding that the state of emergency might end.

Ms. Bounds pointed out the Governor's current Executive Order was in place through April 28, but that Knox County was different because of Knox County Health Department. She asked if the Governor could trump any plan. Mr. Dupler said the Law Department maintained that local decisions were up to County government, but Knox County Schools was separate as a State Local Education Agency. The Law Department's recommendation was to look to the State for guidance first. He stated there were also requirements in the Knox County Charter that could be taken into consideration, but, ultimately, the State guidance/orders would rule.

Mr. McMillan noted the Board could do whatever they wanted within the power given to them by the State and the Knox County Health Department had no authority to make the Board require face masks. Mr. Dupler confirmed a majority of the Board could make decisions for the schools over KCHD requirements. Ms. Babb noted the current discussion was regarding the Superintendent's plan for the 2021-2022 school year and since no one knew what was going to happen, she encouraged the Board to come together and move forward. She stated Superintendent Thomas and his team had put a lot of thought behind changes and she felt the plan allowed for flexibility. She said everyone hoped there were no mask requirements or contact tracing for the next school year, but since it was only April and no one knew about August at this time, she would be supporting Superintendent Thomas' recommended plan. Ms. Babb asked for clarification of how school closure days would be handled at the State-level going forward. Chief Academic Officer Dr. Jon Rysewyk reported that KCS was still asking questions, but it appeared that school closures due to inclement weather or any illness would still be allowed, they would just be counted as a day off even if virtual instruction was offered on those days.


Ms. Owen apologized for missing the April 7 work session. She believed the Board's focus had shifted to politics, reminded them that Board Members were elected non-partisan, and asked that they step back and focus on their vision and duty. Since the Board's vision was to grow lifelong learners, she asked Board Members not to do what was appropriate for their personal lives but for the diverse population of students and families they served. She stated that Board Members did not have the same knowledge or expertise, but they had worked to place staff members in administration that were experts and make decisions every day according to student need. Ms. Owen felt for the Board to ignore the expertise of the CDC and Knox County Health Department made no sense and decisions should not be made according to popular opinion. She said everyone wanted COVID to be over but wanting it to end did not make it so. Ms. Owen noted that people knew they had to wear shoes to meetings, and she could not wrap her mind around that asking people to wear a thin piece of cloth to protect the lives of others was too horrific to bear. She believed if everyone did not continue to follow the guidelines of medical experts, the pandemic may never be over.

Mr. McMillan said since he had to sit and be lectured, he wanted to confirm that he had worn a mask until he took his seat and confirmed that he was fully vaccinated. He noted Ms. Owen has referred to this decision being political and said they could discuss that if she wanted to, but he had no faith in Knox County Health Department Director Dr. Martha Buchanan since he felt she enjoyed holding the community hostage. He recalled that Dr. Buchanan had stated at the April 7 work session that she believed the CDC was less political than it was previously, and he strongly disagreed. He told Ms. Owen if that offended her or she thought she could catch COVID from him, she could just stay away from him. Ms. Owen apologized if it appeared her statements were made to any one individual, she was sharing things she had spent a lot of time thinking about, but they were not directed at any individual.

Ms. Horn stated the Board had remained cordial throughout this continued disagreement and she hoped that could continue. She hoped to move forward and wanted to clarify that the Board had Superintendent Thomas' recommendations and two policies they needed to consider. Ms. Babb expressed her desire to handle each item separately from the other. Regarding the plan for the 2021-2022 school year, Ms. Horn believed the community needed normalcy and separating students was causing long-term damage. She noted that several districts around Knox County had returned to normal and she had heard from multiple teachers that masks caused difficulties especially when teaching languages. Ms. Horn also believed academics were being impacted and even though it was no one's fault, masks and other protocols were causing developmental issues for children. She felt statements made at the April 7 work session by East Tennessee Children's Hospital Chief Medical Officer Dr. Joe Childs were comforting since he expressed that vaccinations were the key, especially since less than 1% of the population in Knox County currently had COVID-19. Ms. Horn said there were studies to support every opinion, but all studies agreed the vaccine prevented asymptomatic spread, had a 70-90% efficacy rate, and proved a significant reduction of transmission after the vaccine was administered. She pointed out that a spike was expected after spring break and that did not happen, and trends were the same with or without masks, so she was in favor of sunsetting the face coverings policy with the understanding that there was a surge, the Superintendent could address that at that time. Ms. Horn said she was also not comfortable with the social distancing requirements in the plan, and she preferred the sunsetting of the policy and putting the plan for the 2021-2022 school year on hold.

Mr. Watson expressed his appreciation for the work of Superintendent Thomas and his team and he asked what was meant by "young children" on page one under the heading of "Face Coverings" since his preference would be to make it more specific. Superintendent Thomas agreed "young" was ambiguous, but his interpretation would be pre-k and kindergarten students, but he was amenable to the Board's wishes. Mr. Dupler had looked at Tennessee case law to try to determine what judges used to define young children and there were two options. They either used the term to refer to pre-k or kindergarten students or elementary school students up to age 10 or 11. He noted case law predominantly used pre-k and kindergarten students, but the Law Department supported either option. Mr. Watson asked Superintendent Thomas what he recommended since his plan was being considered. Superintendent Thomas indicated his recommendation would be pre-k and kindergarten students. Mr. Watson also appreciated the clarification of no mask requirements outdoors since it was important to enforce policy consistently. He asked about the effect of a negative COVID test on the statements on page 2 of the plan in the fourth bullet point. It was explained if a negative COVID test was obtained, students could report back to campus on the 8th day. Superintendent Thomas said he would be glad to make that adjustment.

Ms. Kristy clarified that she would support the Superintendent's recommended plan but wanted to make sure it was communicated clearly that things could change very quickly and look different by August. She pointed out the reason that some principals had interpreted the mask requirements different for outdoors, was the social distancing requirements, so she felt the communication must be very clear and consistent. Mr. McMillan said in his opinion there would be inconsistency since no one knew what would happen in the fall, but there should be ample supply of the vaccine by that time, and everyone seemed to agree that masks should not be needed outdoors. He also felt strongly that if football or basketball were allowed, from a fairness standpoint, every activity should be allowed without masks, even singing. For these reasons he would not be supporting the plan. He believed it was an individual decision about whether or not to wear a mask.

Ms. Bounds expressed her appreciation for all speakers and Superintendent Thomas. She stated her preference that young children be defined as students up to 5th grade. She also wanted the labels of "red," "yellow," and "green" to disappear, since KCS was on yellow only because of the fill rate of substitutes, which was always the case and not due to COVID. Superintendent Thomas noted those were included in the 2020-2021 plan only because the Board wanted metrics. Ms. Bounds agreed and repeated she did not feel they were indicative going forward. Mr. Watson expressed his appreciation for all comments as well and felt the Board needed to define one agency to look to for guidance. He felt it was short sided to take action on the mask policy, but not the plan. Ms. Bounds said she was fine with addressing the policies and holding off on the plan until after April 28 when the Governor's order may expire. Ms. Henderson agreed with Ms. Horn that this recommendation pertained to the local community and since Dr. Child's comments were very helpful, the Board needed to listen to experts within the Knox County community.

The Board took a short recess and allowed one additional Public Forum speaker who had indicated they had registered but was not on the list.

Public Forum
  • Ethan Lindsey of Knox County, Tennessee addressed the Board regarding face masks and COVID-19 protocols.
Mr. Watson stated he had asked Dr. Childs and Dr. Buchanan to attend the Board's April 7 work session because there was differing opinions. He felt Dr. Childs' statements was now being used for a different purpose. He reiterated the importance of the Board indicating what agency they would be using for guidance.  Ms. Horn asked if the Tennessee Department of Health's guidance on social distancing was 3 feet. Student Supports Executive Director Jason Myers confirmed the measure was still 6 feet except for elementary students which they indicated at 3 feet.

Ms. Babb made a substitute motion to approve the Superintendent's plan with the identification of young children as pre-K and kindergarten students and clarifying language on the fourth bullet point on page 2 regarding a negative COVID test on day 6 or 7 allowing an end to any quarantine on day 8. Ms. Satterfield seconded the motion.

Roll Call Vote:
Ms. Satterfield - Yes
Ms. Owen - Yes
Mr. Watson - Yes
Ms. Babb - Yes
Ms. Horn - No
Ms. Henderson - No
Ms. Bounds - No
Mr. McMillan - No
Ms. Kristy - Yes

Vote:  5-4 Passed
             
E   AI -6683    Approve first reading of new proposed Knox County Board of Education Policy J-462 "Student Activities" - Requested by Ms. Henderson
  Public Forum

Ms. Babb made a motion to allow South Knoxville Elementary School Principal Tanna Nicely of Blount County, Tennessee to speak during Public Forum. Ms. Kristy seconded the motion.

Vote: 9-0 Passed
  • Tanna Nicely of Blount County, Tennessee addressed the Board regarding the proposed policy on student activities.
Ms. Henderson made a motion to suspend Board Policy B-220 and the requirement for two policy readings and to approve proposed new Policy J-462 "Student Activities." Ms. Bounds seconded the motion. Ms. Henderson clarified that she did not want to change any of the current Knox County Schools plan, but only offer schools clarity around school activities. She said the policy offered no requirement, only encouragement to hold normal activities. Ms. Bounds said she liked the changes made to this policy since the work session especially that complaints would be directed to grade-level directors. Mr. McMillan asked why Ms. Henderson was not recommending this policy remain permanently. She explained her intent was only for activities to be normal for the following school year if COVID protocols were in place. Mr. McMillan said he still had concerns of inconsistency and therefore would not be supporting the policy.

Ms. Babb said she understood the intent but felt the policy would only confuse the issues. She had heard from several principals and she felt they were doing everything they could do, so she would not be supporting the policy. Ms. Satterfield agreed with Mr. McMillan and Ms. Babb and had also hearing from principals to not make this part of policy. Ms. Owen asked Superintendent Thomas if he supported this policy. Superintendent Thomas said he believed principals were doing everything they could to make sure kids were getting normal events. Mr. Watson stated he also understood the intent, but felt this topic was more procedural. Ms. Henderson stated she had just been hearing from lots of parents about this topic and felt action was needed. She said she was still hearing that some principals were not holding activities out of fear. Ms. Horn agreed and noted traditional school activities were a big deal to families who needed a normal end to this school year.

Roll Call Vote:
Ms. Satterfield - No
Ms. Owen - No
Mr. Watson - No
Ms. Babb - No
Ms. Horn - Pass
Ms. Henderson - Yes
Ms. Bounds - Yes
Mr. McMillan - No
Ms. Kristy - No

Vote:  2-6-1 Failed
             
F   AI -6684    Approve first reading of Knox County Board of Education Policy C-240 "Face Coverings" as amended - Requested by Ms. Henderson
  Ms. Henderson made a motion to suspend Board Policy B-200 and the requirement for two policy readings and to approve Board Policy C-240 as amended on one reading. Ms. Bounds seconded the motion.

It was noted that on previous occasions, the Board had suspended Policy B-200 requiring two readings as a separate motion before consideration of policy amendments or new policies.

Ms. Bounds offered a friendly amendment to the motion to approve Policy C-240 as proposed but changing the sunset date to May 31. Ms. Henderson was agreeable. Mr. McMillan asked what would happen at graduations. Ms. Horn noted all graduations were scheduled to be held outdoors, so this policy would not apply to those events. Ms. Satterfield stated she could support August 1, but not May 31 since parents and principals had made decisions about summer school programs based on current protocols. Mr. Watson agreed that May 31 would make things more confusing. Superintendent Thomas stated he was fine with sunsetting the policy on August 1. Ms. Kristy and Ms. Babb also voiced their support for sunsetting the policy on August 1.

Ms. Henderson made a substitute motion to suspend Board Policy B-200 and the requirement for two policy readings on Policy C-240. Ms. Kristy seconded the motion.

Vote: 8-1 Passed
Ms. Owen - No

Ms. Henderson made a motion to approve Board Policy C-240 as amended on one reading. Ms. Kristy seconded the motion. Ms. Owen requested a roll call vote.

Roll Call Vote:
Ms. Satterfield - Yes
Ms. Owen - Yes
Mr. Watson - Yes
Ms. Babb - Yes
Ms. Horn - Yes
Ms. Henderson - Yes
Ms. Bounds - Yes
Mr. McMillan - Yes
Ms. Kristy - Yes

Vote: 9-0 Passed
             
11   Public Forum
 
  • London Warrington of Knox County, Tennessee addressed the Board regarding recent violence around Austin East Magnet High School.
  • Caitlin Southall of Knox County, Tennessee addressed the Board regarding gun violence.
Mr. Watson made a motion to allow further speakers regarding community violence even if they had not pre-registered. Ms. Owen seconded the motion.

Vote: 8-1 Passed
Ms. Bounds - No
  • Calvin Skinner of Knox County, Tennessee addressed the Board regarding the persistent community violence.
             
12   Board Forum
  Ms. Satterfield presented a short public service announcement video created by Austin East High School students about communication when the risk of violence becomes apparent. She commended the hard work of the students and congratulated them for their partnership with KUB and WATE TV on the production. Ms. Satterfield also stated that she stood with her community and supported the demand for full transparency in the recent shooting death of Austin East Magnet High School student Anthony Thompson. She asked for the release of video footage and felt it would allow the community to begin the healing process.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:48 p.m.
 
Date Approved:  May 12, 2021

 

    

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