BOE Work Session Notes - February 26, 2019

The Kingsport City Schools Board of Education held a called meeting and work session on Tuesday, February 26, 2019. Several key items were discussed, including:
  • Approval of a bid contract to install playground structures at Kennedy Elementary School;
  • Review of the 2nd Quarter Financial Report;
  • An overview of the services being provided for KCS students with disabilities; and 
  • A review of policies being considered for addition or revision at the March Board meeting.
Work Session Audio
Detailed Called Meeting Notes
The Board reviewed a bid contract to construct playground equipment at Kennedy Elementary School.
  • The bid was received from Armstrong Construction Company, Inc.
  • Previously approved funding would be used to construct a main play structure, swings, and an alternate area that includes glider and spinner equipment.
  • Design features include accessibility to ADA compliant play features and poured-in-place surfacing in some areas to improve accessibility.
  • By a vote of 5-0, the Board accepted the base bid and alternates 1, 3, and 3A (including slider and spinner equipment and partial poured-in-place surfacing).
    • Construction on the new playground is expected to be completed in summer 2019. 
Detailed Work Session Notes
KCS Chief Finance Officer Mr. David Frye provided the 2nd Quarter Financial Update for fiscal year 2018-19.
  • Overall expenditures are at roughly 45% of budget, which is in-line for this time of year.  The analysis of expenditures by Mr. Frye did not produce any major concerns, at this time.
  • Current year revenues from Sullivan and Hawkins County property taxes are projected to be approximately $394,000 short of original estimates.  However, sales tax revenues are slightly higher than originally estimated.  Depending on these revenues, it may be necessary to use a portion of the district's Unreserved Fund Balance.  However, if sales taxes continue to do well, the increase in sales tax may offset the shortfall in estimated property tax revenue.
KCS Director of Special Education Mrs. Jacki Wolfe presented a review of the services and supports for KCS students with disabilities.
  • The KCS Special Education Department provides services to eligible students under IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act).
    • The purpose of services is to ensure that all children with disabilities ages 3 through 21 have available to them a free appropriate public education (FAPE) that emphasizes special education and related services designed to meet their unique needs and prepare them for further education, employment, and independent living.
    • Currently, 1,247 KCS students receive such services.
    • Click below to view Mrs. Wolfe's full presentation.
KCS Assistant Superintendent - Administration Andy True presented policies for review, for potential action at the March BOE regular meeting.
  • 1.803 - Tobacco-Free Schools (Revised)
  • 4.209 - Alternative Credit Options (New)
  • 4.603 - Promotion and Retention (Revised)
Upon discussion, it was decided to postpone consideration of 4.603 - Promotion and Retention, as a review currently underway could result in further aspects of that policy being revised later in the spring.
The next regular meeting of the Board of Education will be on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 6 p.m.  The meeting will take place in the Tennessee Room of the Administrative Support Center (400 Clinchfield Street).
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