Dist. #202 nearly ready for new school year

The Knoxville School District is nearly ready for the coming school year.

#202 Superintendent Steve Wilder tells WGIL that the remaining facility work is on schedule and should be done in time for students to get back on August 21st.

He says that the work includes a security upgrade at the district’s junior high school.

“We’ll have a better flow for visitors to school during the day. They’ll have to check into the main office before they can go out into the building. So things like that we’re putting in place and made a lot of progress so far. So, all that facility work is on schedule and should be ready to go August 21st when the students come back.”

Wilder also says that the district is in the process of filling a few more vacancies before the start of the school year — but the expectation was the district would be fully staffed.

Additionally, at last night’s board meeting, he presented a tentative budget but tells WGIL that he had no concrete numbers — adding that state aid has not yet been identified.

The school board did approve an amended calendar for the 2019-2020 school year.

Wilder said the district will still start on time but that the spring break will be shortened to add two more school days in April.

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