Knoxville/Knox County

Knoxville/Knox County

Empowering Voters, Defending Democracy

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan, political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.

Citizen's Academy

The Academy is designed for all residents of Knox County, particularly rising leaders of any age or organization, and no previous knowledge of school finance is required.

In the morning, local officials and experienced community leaders will share the basics of budgeting, and the roles of the schools and county government. In the afternoon, may choose from classes on subjects such as the state Basic Education Program formula, the school capital plan for buildings or how to work with school board members. The final session will focus on growing the Knox County Schools budget.

Registration is limited to the first 75 participants so register early. Wle will offer a light breakfast and a sandwich lunch and snacks for a registration fee of $10, with scholarships offered upon request. Park all day under the building for free.

For more information, contact Jamey Dobbs (jameydobbs [at] or 865-548-0818) or Lance McCold (text or voice mail at 865-622-0953).

Citizen Academy for School Finance and Budgeting Schedule

8:00-9:00     Doors open, continental breakfast, networking, visit organization tables

9:00-9:15     Welcome - Linda McCabe, League of Women Voters president and KCS School Board Chair, Terry Hill 

9:15-9:45     Government Authority for Schools and Funding - Jennifer Owen, District 2, Knox County Board of Education            
Ms. Owen will describe State of Tennessee authority for public schools, responsibilities and rights of local boards of education, why funding authority for KCS resides with County Commission, not the local board of education, and role of the federal government

9:45–10:30    Knox County Schools Budgeting 101– Joe Snyder, Knox County Schools Finance Director  

Mr. Snyder will describe the budget schedule, the requirements for how money must be used/spent, budget categories, and how Knox County Schools spending compares with other districts. Q&A.
10:30-11:15   County Funding for Schools - Chris Caldwell, Knox County Finance Director
Mr. Caldwell will address how much local money supports our schools, where does it come from and how had school funding changed over the years. He will also discuss the prospects for future County tax revenue and how it might affect school funding.  Q&A. 
11:15-11:45    State funding and the Basic Education Program (BEP) - Lance McCold, League Education Committee Chair
Mr. McCold will give a brief introduction to the BEP and report on the school costs that it does not support. 

11:45-12:30    Lunch and Conversation

12:30-1:30      Small Class Options (choose one):
                        1. Communicating with Commission: presented by former County Commissioners - 
                            Rep. Dave Wright, Bob Thomas, Mark Harmon
                        2. Budgets for Buildings: The KCS Capital Plan - presented by Russ Oaks, KCS Chief Operating Officer
                        3. Lessons in Organizing: Community Campaign Against Privatization at UTK -
                            presented by Dr. Jon Shefner, UTK Dept. of Sociology
1:30-2:30        Small Class Options (choose one):
                        1. Communicating with School Board -
                             presented by former school board president, Lynne Fugate 
                        2. The Strategic Plan and the Budget: Meeting the Needs of Every Student -
                             presented by Courtney Shay and Shay Boswell, Knox County Strategic Plan Coalition
                        3. Lessons in Organizing: Community Campaign to Stop School Custodian Outsourcing -
                             presented by Brad Rayson, President SEIU Local 205
2:30–3:45       Growing the Budget: Community Conversation and Brainstorming Session -
                       facilitated by the League of Women Voters

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2019 City of Knoxville Election Schedule

  • Monday, March 18, 2019 - First day to pick up a nominating petition from the KCEC office
  • Thursday, May 16, 2019 at NOON - Candidate Qualifying Deadline
  • Thursday, May 23, 2019 at NOON - Candidate Withdrawal Deadline
  • Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - First day to request an absentee ballot
  • Monday, July 29, 2019 - Final day to register to vote before election
  • Wednesday, August 7, 2019 - First day of Early Voting period
  • Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - Final day to request an absentee ballot
  • Thursday, August 22, 2019 - Final day of Early Voting period
  • Tuesday, August 27, 2019 - Primary Election Day
  • Wednesday, August 7, 2019 - First day to request an absentee ballot
  • Monday, October 7, 2019 - Final day to register to vote before election
  • Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - First day of Early Voting period
  • Tuesday, October 29, 2019 - Final day to request an absentee ballot
  • Thursday, October 31, 2019 - Final day of Early Voting period
  • Tuesday, November 5, 2019 - General Election Day

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Online voter registration is here.

Early Voting Locations

  • City-County Building - 400 Main Street, 37902
  • Love Kitchen - 2418 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave., 37915
  • Downtown West - 1645 Downtown West, Unit 34, 37919
  • New Harvest Park - 4775 New Harvest Lane, 37918
  • Meridian Baptist Church - 6513 Chapman Highway, 37920
  • North/Merchants Drive - 314 Merchants Drive, Suite G, 37912
  • Farragut Town Hall - 11408 Municipal Center Drive, 37934
  • Carter Library - 9036 Asheville Highway, 37924
  • Halls Recreation Center - 6933 Recreation Lane, 37918
  • Karns Senior Center - 8042 Oak Ridge Highway, 37931

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