Kingsport City Schools Recognizes School Board Appreciation Week

KINGSPORT, Tenn. – January 27-31, 2020 has been declared School Board Appreciation Week in Tennessee. 

The week helps build awareness and understanding of the vital functions a locally elected board of education plays in a community.


Kingsport City Schools will be joining the Tennessee School Boards Association (TSBA) and all public school districts across the state to celebrate School Board Appreciation Week by honoring local board members for their commitment to children.


"Our school system provides an exceptional education to students in our community in preparation to being productive citizens and life-changing contributors to society,” said Superintendent Dr. Jeff Moorhouse. "The Board of Education members devote countless hours to ensure excellence and equity for all Kingsport City Schools students."


Moorhouse said the key work of school boards is to raise student achievement by:

  • Creating a vision for what the community wants the school district to be and for making student achievement the top priority;
  • Establishing standards for what students will be expected to learn and be able to do;
  • Ensuring progress is measured to be certain the district’s goals are achieved and students are learning at expected levels;
  • Being accountable for their decisions and actions by continually tracking and reporting results;
  • Creating a safe, orderly climate where teachers can teach and students can learn;
  • Forming partnerships with others in the community to solve common problems; and
  • Focusing attention on the need for continuous improvement by questioning, refining, and revising issues related to student achievement.

"We appreciate and value each Board member for their dedication and commitment as they play a major role in shaping the lives of children in Kingsport," continued Moorhouse.


Board members serving Kingsport City Schools are: Carrie Upshaw, BOE president, Eric Hyche, BOE vice president, Julie ByersTodd Golden, and Jim Welch.


Read more about KCS BOE members here.


The Board holds its regular monthly meeting on the second Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. and a work session on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. All meetings and work sessions are open to the public.


The next scheduled BOE Work Session is on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 6 p.m. located in the Tennessee Room at the KCS Administrative Support Center400 Clinchfield Street, third floor, downtown Kingsport.


Kingsport City Schools (KCS) is a public school district located in Kingsport, Tenn., serving students in Sullivan and Hawkins county. The district is comprised of 13 schools, including a Pre-K, eight elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school, a high school program of choice and an alternative learning program; with total enrollment over 7,700 students. The vision of Kingsport City Schools is to Inspire. Cultivate. Impact.

For more information on KCS, visit, listen live on WCSK 90.3 FM, The Voice of KCS, read our blog, We Are KCS, download our mobile app for Apple / Android devices or call (423) 378.2100. We’re social too; follow us on Facebook (Kingsport City Schools), Twitter (@KCS_District), Instagram (@kcs_district), LinkedIn (Kingsport City Schools) and check out our YouTube Channel (KPTSchools).


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