Right out of the starting gate our new superintendent is either drawing a line in the sand or not aware of the rules of small town, southern politics. I suspect it’s the latter. Knoxville has several charming, diamond-in-the-rough schools inside the city, but he chose a safe, easy school. Choosing a school in a financially secure, culturally bland area whose worst problem is a decrepit building instead of a school that he is expected to lift to greatness is not the best way to begin. Blue Grass Elementary is not high on the priority list for new schools and his presence there just knocked them down lower on the waiting list. His presence at a school like Carter Elementary would have helped them get the new building they so badly need. Double edged sword? Absolutely. I don’t want to watch our new super get eaten alive by bloggers and the acid tongued commenters on the newspaper’s website. I want him to make smart moves that unite the community in support of our schools. If I didn’t want him to succeed, it would be entertaining to sit back and watch this. I’m not part of the audience of critics. I am riding the train and he is the conductor. I don’t like the way this trip has started. Prove me wrong Mr. Conductor. Get this train moving in the right direction.