Knox County Schools In Trouble

Last night, parents had a chance to weigh-in for the first time on the possibility of closing several Knox County schools.

Five schools are on the potential cut list. They include Corryton, Gap Creek, South Knoxville and Maynard elementaries, along with Vine Middle Magnet School.

Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre hosted a public listening session that focused on the $7 million budget shortfall facing the district next year and what he called "hard choices."

At the first public forum on the upcoming budget, Dr. McIntyre explained to parents why the board must find a way to cut $7 million.

His potential cut list includes closing schools, changing start times, and outsourcing custodians.

Parents raised several concerns about moving forward with the idea of school consolidation.

McIntyre said he may make his formal recommendations to the board about cuts as early as Friday.