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After a year of board discussions, building tours and community engagement sessions, the East Knox Board of Education made it official Tuesday night with a vote: the school district will place a 37-year, $19 million levy on the November ballot that, if passed, will fund the construction of a new junior/senior high school.

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The East Knox Board of Education has expressed support for a plan to demolish and replace the junior/senior high school, with the exception of the 1994 addition. The older section of the building, built in 1939, would be torn down and rebuilt. The board will hold a community forum on May 14 to gauge public feedback on the idea.

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On Feb. 1, Knox Pages reporter Grant Pepper rode along with Mount Vernon City Schools superintendent Bill Seder as he faced what had become almost a daily decision: whether or not to call off school. Seder began his snow day routine at 4:30 a.m., touring the district as heavy snowfall made roads increasingly slick.

He had one hour to see the roads for himself, communicate with other county superintendents and make a decision for his district. This is a behind-the-scenes look at that process.

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Maria Eaton, a fifth grade teacher at East Knox Elementary School, was placed on paid administrative leave by superintendent Steve Larcomb on Sept. 19, according to records obtained by Knox Pages. Larcomb said Eaton was disciplined after a parent pointed out inappropriate language in a Judy Blume book she gave her students to read.

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The East Knox Board of Education approved the hiring of Fanning Howey Associates to guide the school district through the pre-bond issue process of funding a new high school at its meeting on Thursday. The architectural firm will lead community engagement efforts to gauge public interest in certain aspects of the project.

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East Knox Local Schools has decided to tighten its bus riding policy in response to bus driver shortages, the district announced in a Facebook post on Tuesday. The policy change will simplify pick-up and drop-off schedules and create fewer safety concerns for bus drivers.

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The East Knox Local Schools Board of Education talked through the beginning stages of funding a new high school during Thursday’s meeting. The board came to a consensus on which architectural firm they preferred to hire for pre-bond services, although superintendent Steve Larcomb will not issue a formal recommendation for the contract until next month's meeting.

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East Knox Superintendent Steve Larcomb ordered junior and senior high students to temporarily evacuate their classrooms Tuesday morning after smoke was noticed in the Ag building.