According to a release issued by the school system, she is leaving to "accompany her family to Slovenia, where her husband was recently awarded a Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant."
She has served the 2nd District since 2004.
The Porch sincerely wishes Indya and her family all the best. I know a lot of people didn't necessarily agree with her, but she wouldn't BS ya.
CLICK RIGHT SMACK HERE for what Indya had to say on her website.
Now, onto what happens next.
The Knox County Commission will appoint Inday's successor. There will not be a special election. The person appointed will serve until the next county general election, which won't be until August 2016 when - coincidentally - her terms expires.
(November by the way is not a county general election.)
The commission will soon start taking applications to fill the slot, and my guess is that someone will be in place in late August or in September. The board will hold public interviews, etc., and then vote.
Folks, there is going to be some serious politicking going on here. And my guess is that there's a pretty good chance that whoever is picked will not be a supporter of Superintendent Jim McIntyre.
Let's face it: The commission isn't exactly his biggest fan.
As someone else said: Get the popcorn ready; we're looking at a political dogfight.