New Board, New Year

Anthony Pennington, Lynn Camp’s principal, again took home the trophies for attendance for middle school and high school. Pennington's schools have held the trophies since the beginning of the school year.
Anthony Pennington, Lynn Camp’s principal, again took home the trophies for attendance for middle school and high school. Pennington’s schools have held the trophies since the beginning of the school year.
Gordon Hinkle and newly-elected board member Peggy Gray are sworn in by Judge Skip Hammons. Photos by David Stewart
Gordon Hinkle and newly-elected board member Peggy Gray are sworn in by Judge Skip Hammons.
Photos by David Stewart

It was Peggy Gray’s election and Gordon Hinkle’s re-election that had Judge Skip Hammons working after hours to ensure all Knox County Board members were sworn in officially.

Once everything was in order, future school board meetings were set for the fourth Tuesday of the month at the Annex with the exception of: (March, Knox Middle School), (April, Lynn Camp), (September, Knox Central High).

Walmart cards were given first read approval for Family Resource usage, as long as they were for emergency use only, such as family house fires where no clothes or food existed, held to a $1,000 credit limit, tight control existed through the central office and confirmation that families received what was bought for them.

Anthony Pennington, Lynn Camp’s principal, again packed the trophies for attendance for middle school and high school back to the school board meeting only to take them back home. Lynn Camp has held these prestigious awards since school started.

The budget for the school year starts at 1.2 million in the negative. Kelly Sprinkles, Superintendent, assured everyone present that serious hours had been spent with finance officer, Gertrude Smith, and they were looking for ways to offset these losses and balance the budget.

Sprinkles stated, “We have always had full-time kindergarten in our county, but the state has only reimbursed us one-half day pay. We are asking for that additional funding, which would bring another $700,000 to offset our 1.2 million in the hole.”

Gordon Hinkle told the crowd, “The money coming from the state annually has been less and less. You may not know that, but we do. We really need to tighten our belts. I would like to thank Sprinkles and Gertrude for spending hours to try to figure out ways to save and make this (budget) work.”

During the Executive Session, Dexter Smith was appointed new chairman, replacing Merrill Smith. Merrill Smith was voted vice-chairman.