Knox County School Board approves half a billion dollar budget

Four percent raises included for both certified and non-certified employees
Published: Apr. 28, 2021 at 11:30 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Wednesday night, the Knox County Board of Education passed a $542,000,000 budget for the fiscal year ending in 2022.

The budget is carried by a 4% raise for both certified and non-certified workers across the board.

While a massive budget for the state’s third-largest school district, some parents feel they’re not being told what is in the entire budget.

”It’s so massive and so complicated in where the money is coming from and where the money is going to, that for anybody, even someone like me who is trying to keep up with it, can’t,” said Seth Barber a father of 2 in Knox County Schools.

Included in the more than one hundred-page budget were almost 50 new positions for students’ wellbeing.

”One of the big issues we have what is the responsibility of the school? Are they suppose to be the social workers are they supposed to be the cafeteria of the kids who don’t have food, what are they supposed to do,” said Barber.

Some parents were unable to view the budget before tonight’s meeting because of other pressing issues facing kids in Knox County Schools.

”There’s been a lot of other pressing things. With the mask mandate with virtual versus in-person learning there’s been a bunch of other things on our radar,” said Cory Jones a father of two in Knox County Schools.

If more money is found or passed down to districts, a raise of 6% for certain positions could be added.

Additionally, Superintendent Bob Thomas says the district has several opening positions for school security because the district pays less than the security market in Knoxville.

The budget is now heading to be included in the Knox County budget for County Mayor Glenn Jacobs. It will be on the Knox County Commission minutes next month.

The budget in its entirety can be seen here.

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