Joshua Morrison/News The Knox County Commissioners, from left, Roger Reed, Thom Collier and Teresa Bemiller hear a report from 911 Operations Director Laura Webster on Thursday morning. The commissioners held the meeting in the conference room to accommodate the Mount Vernon High School students visiting. The students toured various government offices and met with elected officials throughout the morning. Request this photo
Joshua Morrison/News Knox County Prosecutor Chip McConville speaks with Mount Vernon High School students about the role of the prosecutor's office.Request this photo
MOUNT VERNON — The regular meetings of the Knox County Commissioners rarely attract guests.
But Thursday’s regular session saw more than 200 young people stopping by. They were Mount Vernon High School juniors and seniors in town for the school’s first local government day, scheduled through the social studies department.
The students also met with employees and elected officials from the county’s court system, city of Mount Vernon and heads of county offices. These stops took them to City Hall, the courthouse, police department, county service center, Public Square and Memorial Theater.
David Caldwell, MVHS Social Studies department chairperson, said the day’s activities were designed to build upon the things the students have already learned in the classroom.
“The students needed to see the people and the jobs they perform, and why those jobs are important,” Caldwell said. “It’s like watching the movie after you’ve read the book.”