Knox County Elections; Key School Board Meeting

This Tuesday is election day for county primaries, so visit your local polling station from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. to decide which mayoral, county commission, and school board candidates move on to the general in August.

All told, there are 11 races. That's a lot to keep track of, so we've got a guide to them as our cover story this week (page 18).

For more information on specific candidates, or to find your nearest polling station, call the Knox County Election Commission at 215-2480 or visit online at knoxcounty.org/election.

***Speaking of electing school board members, on Wednesday, May 5, the board will gather for its regular monthly meeting under some fairly irregular pressures. In addition to deciding how to handle board member Cindy Buttry's motion to ban a science book for a supposed offense to Christianity, it must also figure out how to close a $2 million budget gap created by revenue shortfalls and left open by a rejected compromise (see Citybeat, page 10). Early this month, board Chair Indya Kincannon used a parliamentary maneuver to postpone the textbook ban vote in the hopes that cooler heads would prevail. Many seem to think the issue won't come down to a vote to ban or not to ban, but it will be interesting to see how the bomb gets defused. The budget presents a more substantive problem, and could result in layoffs for teachers.

The meeting begins at 5 p.m. at the main assembly room of the City-County building. (It is preceded by a board work session on Monday at 5 p.m. in the Andrew Johnson Building, 912 S. Gay St.)