Knox County superintendent ‘surprised’ by Hamilton Co. suit

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The superintendent of Knox County Schools says he’s surprised Hamilton County and six Chattanooga-area school systems filed a lawsuit against the state over funding after what he thought was a productive meeting with the governor.

Superintendent James McIntyre, Hamilton County Superintendent Rick Smith and the superintendents for Metro Nashville and Shelby County schools met with Gov. Bill Haslam on Monday to discuss their grievances about the state’s school funding formula.

Haslam told the superintendents he’s working on short-term and long-term plans to address their concerns, and the superintendents said they’d like to see those plans play out before taking legal action.

However, Hamilton County and the school systems filed the lawsuit the next day.

McIntyre told The Associated Press Wednesday that their action is “unfortunate” considering the dialogue the superintendents had collectively with the governor.