‘I Love Solving Problems’

Jon Rysewyk at UT Tower

Jon Rysewyk takes over as superintendent of Knox County Schools tomorrow. A few consistent themes in his career suggest how he’ll approach the job.

Higher Ed Pipeline Slows

The proportion of Tennessee high school graduates going directly to college is dropping. Education leaders are looking to reverse the trend.

Equity Quest

Nathan Langlois, Knox County Schools.

After eight years, Knox County Schools struggles to narrow racial and economic disparities.

Rysewyk Gets Faster Start

Jon Rysewyk and Renee Kelly

The school board approves a $240,000-a-year contract for its new superintendent, with a possible bonus and an accelerated timeline.

The Mask Effect, Part II

School mask sign

Since a school mask mandate was put in place, Knox County has dropped from the highest rate of school-age COVID among Tennessee’s metro counties to the lowest.

Looking for a Way Out

Gary Dupler

In an emergency meeting, the school board agrees to work with the plaintiffs in the mask mandate case on a temporary solution.

Making Their Cases

Linda Cash and Jon Rysewyk

At a public forum and interviews with the school board, superintendent finalists Jon Rysewyk and Linda Cash drew on their experiences to illustrate their visions.

Legal Maneuvers

Betsy Henderson and Kristi Kristy

Three school board members ask County Commission for authority to hire their own attorney in the school mask lawsuit.

Then There Were Two


The field of candidates for Knox County Schools superintendent has narrowed to a familiar face and a recruited out-of-towner.