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The first day of school for KCS students is August 7, 2017.


Meet the KCS Leadership Cabinet

Superintendent of Schools

Kingsport City Schools
Follow me on Twitter: @DrLyleKCS

Dr. Lyle Ailshie has served as Superintendent of Kingsport City Schools since March 2012.  Before coming to KCS, Dr. Ailshie served in Greeneville (TN) for seventeen years, including twelve years as Director of Schools.  Since arriving in Kingsport, he has led the school system through a re-visioning process that includes the creation of a comprehensive strategic plan.  The system was named one of three system level Tennessee SCORE Finalists in 2013 and 2014. In 2014 KCS was named the top school district in Tennessee as winner of the 2014 SCORE Prize District Award!  The system is in the process of implementing its technology vision, has implemented Malcolm Baldrige Criteria to improve its processes, and has implemented a copyrighted innovation rubric. Currently, work is being done to enhance the learning experience at Dobyns-Bennett High School's program of choice, D-B EXCEL, which includes moving this unique blending learning program to a new start of the art facility. In addition, planning has begun to build a Regional Science and Technology Center on the Dobyns-Bennett campus. The system continues to serve as one of Tennessee's elite in terms of student performance and professional practices.  The school system is in the first year of implementing a new performance-based teacher pay plan.

During his tenure in Greeneville, the school system was awarded the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) 2008 Sylvia Charp Award for district innovation in technology. Dr. Ailshie is a past President of the Tennessee Organization of School Superintendents (TOSS) and was named the 2005 Tennessee Superintendent of the Year. He is the Past President of the Association of Independent and Municipal Schools (AIMS). He is the first, and only, Honorary Lifetime Member of the Tennessee Educational Technology Association (TETA). Dr. Ailshie is one of twenty-two members of the Executive Committee of the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), the national superintendents’ organization. Most recently in October 2014, Dr. Ailshie was named to the Center for Digital Education (CDE) list as one of their Top 30 Technologists, Transformers and Trailblazers. In June of 2015, he was appointed by Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey to the Standards Recommendation Committee (SRC) and currently serves on the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence (TNCPE) Board of Directors.

Prior to his tenure as Greeneville City Schools Director of Schools, Dr. Ailshie held the role of Greeneville’s Assistant Superintendent of Instruction. His 35 years of educational experience (17th year as superintendent) also includes positions as an Assistant Principal at Morristown-Hamblen High School West, as well as serving as a principal, teacher, and coach in Hawkins County Schools. He began his career as a high school teacher and coach in South Carolina.

Dr. Ailshie received his Doctorate of Education (1996) and Master of Arts in Teaching (1984) from East Tennessee State University. He completed a Bachelor of Science/Sociology from Francis Marion College in Florence, South Carolina in 1981.

Dr. Ailshie, and his wife Vanessa, have three daughters, Tracie, Hilary and Karli, two son-in-laws, Tyler Neas and Andrew Wolfe, and two granddaughters, Harper and Ainsley.

Interim Superintendent and Chief Academic Officer - Elementary

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Dr. Dwain Arnold, Chief Academic Officer - Elementary, has spent most of his professional career as an educator with Kingsport City Schools. In 1988, he began teaching at Washington Elementary School where he taught second and fifth graders. Dr. Arnold served on the leadership planning team for the new Washington Elementary and became a multi-age teacher 3-5 when the doors opened in 1994. After teaching multi-age for several years, he accepted the role of assistant to the principal at Jefferson Elementary and later served as interim principal. Following Jefferson, Dr. Arnold traveled to Dobyns-Bennett High School and became an assistant principal. In the fall of 2003, he was appointed principal at Roosevelt Elementary School. During the summer of 2008, Dr. Arnold was chosen as principal of John Adams Elementary School and was given the opportunity to aid in the planning and creation of Kingsport’s newest elementary school. During the spring semester of 2012, he served as Interim Superintendent as a search for a new superintendent was conducted. He currently serves as Chief Academic Officer - Elementary and teaches as an adjunct faculty member for ETSU.

Previous to Kingsport City Schools, Dr. Arnold was employed with Scott County Schools, Virginia as an assistant working with gifted and talented students. He taught second and third grades in Martin County, Kentucky. Dwain has served as a local, state, and national consultant in the field of education.

Dr. Arnold earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Berea College in Elementary Education, a Master of Science degree from Radford University in Counseling and Human Development, and a Doctor of Education degree from ETSU in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.

Dr. Arnold has been an elementary Teacher of the Year in Kingsport and a Presidential Awardee in Mathematics representing the state of Tennessee. He was recognized by the Tennessee House of Representatives in 1998 for excellence in education. He achieved National Board Certification in 1999. In 2013, Dr. Arnold was selected to the ETSU Clemmer College of Education Alumni Hall of Fame. However, his proudest accomplishments are his three children, Mara, Owen and Lily. 

Assistant Superintendent - Administration

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Follow me on Twitter: @AndyTrueKCS


Kingsport City Schools named Andy True as Assistant Superintendent – Administration, in March 2016. He is responsible for the leadership and implementation of the district’s administrative functions.  Mr. True has most recently served as the KCS Chief Administrative Officer, overseeing all system communications and community relations, managing district administrative duties, and completing special projects for the system.

In his 17 years with KCS, he has also served as a 4th and 5th grade classroom teacher and elementary school associate principal.  He holds a B.S. in Communications and a Master’s degree in Education from Milligan College, along with an Educational Specialist degree from East Tennessee State University. 

Mr. True holds leadership positions on several community related governing boards, including serving as the past Chair of the United Way of Greater Kingsport Children and Youth Vision Council, Chair of the “United We Read” early grades literacy initiative, the Eastman Chemical Company Community Advisory Panel, the Greater Kingsport Family YMCA Board of Directors, and has served on the Board of Examiners for the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence. 

He has been married for 20 years to his wife Annette (also a teacher in Kingsport) and has two children who are active in youth sports and band.

Chief Finance Officer

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David Frye, Chief Finance Officer, has spent most of his professional career with Kingsport City Schools. In 1991, he was hired as the Manager of Fiscal Affairs. The main responsibility of this position was budget preparation and oversight.  Additional duties included payroll and procurement supervision.  In 2003 Mr. Fyre’s title was changed to Director of Finance and he was given the additional responsibilities of oversight of the Maintenance Department, School Nutrition Services, and the Nursing program.

Currently as Chief Finance Officer, Mr. Frye oversees the Maintenance Department and School Nutrition Services in addition to his other responsibilities. Previous to Kingsport City Schools, he was employed with the City of Kingsport as an accountant and was in the position of Accounting supervisor when he was hired by Kingsport City Schools.

Mr. Frye is a graduate of Dobyns-Bennett High School and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, with a major in Accounting, from East Tennessee State University.

He and his wife Susan have one child, Preston.

Chief Human Resources Officer

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Jennifer Guthrie, has been with Kingsport City Schools since July 2015. Prior to joining KCS, she served as Human Resources Manager and Corporate Council for United Coal Company in Blountville, TN, a leading metallurgical coal producer employing a 1,300 non-union workforce.

Mrs. Guthrie has more than a decade of legal and HR experience working with legal firms in Miami, FL and Knoxville, TN as a corporate attorney. Early in her career, she also spent time as a high school teacher and volleyball coach/sponsor in Miami.

Mrs. Guthrie holds a B.A. from East Tennessee State University, a J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law, and is licensed to practice law in Florida and Tennessee.

She and her husband reside in Kingsport.

Chief Student Services Officer

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Jim Nash is the Chief Student Services Officer for Kingsport City Schools, directing all special education and student services operations for the district.

Mr. Nash has been employed by KCS for 22 years, serving as counselor and associate principal at John Sevier Middle School, assistant principal of Dobyns-Bennett High School, and principal at Ross N. Robinson Middle School.

Mr. Nash holds a B.S and Master of Arts in Educational Psychology from Tennessee Tech University and an Ed.S. in Educational Leadership from the University of Tennessee.

He and his wife Joanna (a teacher in Kingsport) have three children who attend Kingsport City Schools.

Chief Academic Officer - Secondary

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Follow me on Twitter: @CinnamonDr


Kingsport City Schools named Dr. Brian Cinnamon, Chief Academic Officer - Secondary, in March 2016. He is responsible for the leadership and implementation of all aspects of the district’s middle and high school programs. His experience includes nearly sixteen years in the field of education, most recently serving as the KCS Assistant Director of Special Education and Supervisor of Early Childhood Programs/Principal of the Palmer Center. 

Dr. Cinnamon began his career in Wichita Public Schools (KS) as a school psychologist, relocating to Kingsport in 2004.  While with KCS, Dr. Cinnamon has also served as a school psychologist, Section 504 compliance coordinator, associate principal at Jefferson Elementary School, and assistant principal at Dobyns-Bennett High School.

Dr. Cinnamon holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from East Tennessee State University (ETSU), an Educational Specialist degree with a concentration in School Psychology from the University of Tennessee, and a Doctor of Education from ETSU in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. 

He has served in leadership positions on several community-related governing boards, including The Palmer Center Foundation and AAEYC, as well as initiating a school-readiness initiative in Kingsport by partnering with community leaders.  Additionally, he has served on the Board of Examiners for the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence.  While in Kingsport City Schools, Dr. Cinnamon has provided leadership in several areas, including:  RTI, Special Education, Technology Advisory Committee, and Curriculum and Instruction Leadership Team. 

Dr. Cinnamon, and his wife Rachel, have two children, Ruthie and Henry.