Knox County Schools Superintendent restructures administrators

He hasn’t been in the position for long, but the new Knox County Schools Superintendent is already making big changes.

Jon Rysewyk, who started as superintendent on Saturday, announced the district will restructure its central office into five regional teams, a move he says is designed to better meet the needs of students at the community level.

“As one of the largest districts in Tennessee, a one-size-fits-all approach will not provide the level of responsiveness our school communities deserve,” Rysewyk said in a news release. “I believe the regional teams will help us foster community engagement and ownership in the educational process, and shift the focus of education from the central office to individual schools, where the most important work occurs. “

Each region will have a director and supervisor who have experience in primary and secondary education, according to the statement. Knox County Schools has not announced how schools will be grouped, but will be based on “feeding patterns and geographic proximity.”

In an embargoed interview with Knox News last week, Rysewyk said moving from a centralized to a regional structure would help achieve his four priorities, namely:

  1. Excellence in core competencies.
  2. Provide excellent educators in every school.
  3. Empowerment and career preparation.
  4. Success for every student.

“We want to deploy our supports, we want to deploy our resources and really be able to stay true to those four priorities,” Rysewyk said. “But understand that each community is going to have these (priorities) in a different order. … I think always being centralized made us struggle to have more specific answers for different communities.”

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