Knox County Budget/middle school construction – what’s next

As outlined in our story today, Knox County Schools Board of Education will next see the county budget. Really, just a portion of it.

One might think that they have some power to influence the county budget, but that is not so.

According to Knox County Law Director Richard “Bud” Armstrong, if the school board denies the budget amendment (the Memorandum of Understanding, a.k.a. the contract), then the county’s budget – it’s capital improvement plan – would revert to what was originally proposed by Mayor Tim Burchett.

So the school board gets to choose for itself whether to build two new schools, and make nonbinding agreements on a host of other things, outlined in this latest agreement.

Apparently there have been some revisions since the original agreement was issued last week. Here’s that .pdf: 2015-06-15 MOU

Speaking with a few insiders, it appears there’s a demand for the AJ building from area developers. And it looks like developers are champing at the bit to get public funds for the middle school projects. But really – who doesn’t like public money?

Something to consider – when and if the AJ building is sold, it will take a while to find a home for schools administration and move them out. That is, don’t expect that to happen within any narrow time frame.


About Gerald

A journalist in Knoxville, TN. Work (mostly) inside and play (mostly) outside. I'm a part of the X or the Y generation. None of us claim the other.
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