Kingsport City Schools Names True as Assistant Superintendent – Administration

Published: March 2, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. 
KINGSPORT, Tenn. – Kingsport City Schools has named Andy True as Assistant Superintendent – Administration, effective immediately.  True will be responsible for the leadership and implementation of the district’s administrative functions.  He has most recently served as the KCS Chief Administrative Officer.

“I am pleased that Mr. True will further broaden his current responsibilities overseeing district administration in his expanded role as Assistant Superintendent – Administration,” said KCS Superintendent Dr. Lyle Ailshie.  “During the five and one-half years he has served in a district leadership position, he has demonstrated great skill in addressing an ever-increasing administrative workload, while utilizing his combined experience in the areas of administration, communications, and community relations.  I look forward to the many ways Mr. True will continue to support the Kingsport educational community in this position.”

True’s educational experience includes 15 years with Kingsport City Schools, most recently serving as the KCS Chief Administrative Officer, overseeing all system communications, community relations, managing district administrative functions, and completing special projects for the system.  His school-based experience includes teaching 4th and 5th grades at Kennedy Elementary School and serving as an associate principal at Jackson Elementary School.  At the district level, he has also held the positions of Race to the Top Implementation Coordinator and Chief Information Officer.

“I am excited to further expand my current responsibilities in support of the work and mission of Kingsport City Schools,” said True.  “We are so fortunate to have such a talented group of teachers, staff, and students in Kingsport.  KCS is great because of the many people that have dedicated themselves to the education of our community, and I look forward to doing whatever possible to continue this tradition of excellence.”

True holds a Bachelor of Science and Master’s degree from Milligan College and an Educational Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from East Tennessee State University.  He has held 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, current Chair of the “United We Read” early grades literacy initiative, the Eastman Chemical Company Community Advisory Panel, and has twice served on the Board of Examiners for the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence.

Kingsport City Schools (KCS) is a public school district located in Kingsport, Tenn., serving students in Sullivan and Hawkins counties. 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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