Kingsport City Schools Announces New Director of Technology

Published: January 25, 2016 at 5:15 p.m.

KINGSPORT, Tenn.Kingsport City Schools has named Scott Pierce as Director of Technology, replacing the retiring John Payne.  Mr. Pierce will oversee all technology operations for the district, including all programs, services, policies, support, and programming.  Pierce will assume his duties on February 29, 2016.

“Kingsport City Schools is well known around Tennessee and the southeast for its progressive use of technology to support teaching and learning, and I am incredibly excited to join KCS and help lead that effort,” said Pierce.  “I share the vision of providing students and staff with world-class opportunities that will ensure success, and I look forward to supporting and developing the future of technology in Kingsport.”

A native of Conyers, Georgia, Pierce has most recently served as the Director of Technology Services of Henry County Schools, a public school district of approximately 40,000 students near Atlanta, GA.  With over 17 years of experience in the technology field, he has also previously worked as an information systems coordinator and network engineer, and has also taught geography, health, and physical education.  Pierce holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of West Georgia.

“We are extremely pleased to have such an experienced and successful technology leader join us in Kingsport,” said KCS Superintendent Dr. Lyle C. Ailshie.  “Scott brings a long history of effective leadership to our district, and we are pleased that our technology vision, which has been developed and implemented over the past several years, will be further enhanced through his direction.”

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 and a non-traditional school; with total enrollment over 7,100 students. The vision of Kingsport City Schools is to be, Student Focused … World Class.

KCS has been named the top school district in Tennessee as winner of the 2014 SCORE Prize District Award by the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) and has earned the 2014 Achievement Award in the annual Excellence in Tennessee Recognition Program by the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence (TNPCE).

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