Friday, August 8, 2014

Ten apply for open Knox BOE spot

Ten North Knoxville residents, including a number of former educators, submitted applications to represent the 2nd District on the Knox County Board of Education.

The deadline to apply was noon today.

The Knox county Commission, which will review the resumes and cover letters, is expected to hold a series of interviews with the candidates on Aug. 18.

The board will then make a final decision during its voting meeting a week later.

The person selected will replace Indya Kincannon as the area representative until the November election.


Kincannon, a third-term board member, submitted her resignation last month and officially stepped down this week to accompany her family to Slovenia where her husband was recently awarded a Fullbright U.S. Scholar grant.

Here’s a snapshot of the candidates:
  • Juanita Cannon, a 40-year educator who spent decades serving as a principal, assistant principal and teacher in the Knox County school system.
  • Emma Ellis-Cosigua, an office manager with JIG-Insurance Group, she also facilitates a college readiness class for middle school children and an adult ESL class for immigrants.
  • Charlotte Dorsey, a former Knox County school administrator who spent decades in the system as a teacher, assistant principal and principal.
  • John Fugate, vice president of Commercial Bank in Fountain City.
  • Laura Kildare, a former Knox County school teacher who is currently working on her doctorate degree in special education.
  • Tracie Sanger, a special education teacher in the Knox County school system and field experience supervisor for Tusculum College.
  • Jennifer Searle, a current board member on the Knox County Schools Clothing Center PTA, and a regular school volunteer.
  • Rick Staples, a Knox County Sheriff’s Office deputy who helped inmates obtain their GED.
  • Elizabeth Lane, a former employee of Texaco and Shell Oil, working in administration and supervision. 
  • Diana Ray, a former community development manager for the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians.

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