That's the option Knox County Schools Superintendent Jim McIntyre is giving them as a way to help close a $19 million budget gap for the 2010-11 school year.
The head of the local teachers' union said McIntyre's proposal puts educators in a tough position.
McIntyre on Thursday proposed to the Knox County school board a $379.91 million budget for the 2010-11 school year. Cuts include restructuring the district's Talented and Gifted program, a 25 percent reduction in the substitute teacher budget and cuts in Central Office positions.
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