Though life has returned to normal in many ways, the pandemic hasn’t disappeared and the potential for a resurgence exists.
Power Poll: Rewinding 2022
Respondents weigh in on what they see as the most significant stories in government and education from the past year.
School Board Settles Mask Lawsuit
For $145,000 in attorney fees, plaintiffs agree to dismiss their complaints about COVID-19 health precautions.
Rysewyk Gets Faster Start
The school board approves a $240,000-a-year contract for its new superintendent, with a possible bonus and an accelerated timeline.
Power Poll: Of Bridges, Budgets and Masks
Respondents weigh in on a proposed pedestrian bridge, city pay, school system litigation, and their own views on masks.
The Masks Come Off
A federal judge temporarily lifts his mandate on Knox County Schools — but the resolution of the case still awaits.
The Mask Effect, Part II
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.
School Board Will Mediate in Public
In an unusual move, board members will undertake a court-ordered effort to resolve the mask mandate lawsuit as a group.
Looking for a Way Out
In an emergency meeting, the school board agrees to work with the plaintiffs in the mask mandate case on a temporary solution.
Finalists and Frustrations
The school board names three superintendent candidates, while searching for a way out of its court-ordered mask mandate.