BOE Meeting Notes - August 13, 2019

The Kingsport City Schools Board of Education held its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, August 13, 2019. Several key items were discussed, including:
  • Approval to renew an agreement that provides mental health services to KCS students;
  • Approval of a bid to replace the roof at Robinson Middle School; and
  • Assignment of BOE committee leadership for the 2019-20 year.
Meeting Audio
Detailed Meeting Notes


The Pledge of Allegiance was led this evening by Jasmine Monroe, a sophomore at D-B EXCEL.  
  • Jasmine is the daughter of Earl and Jamie Monroe.

community interest REPORT

KCS Director of Career and Technical Education Dr. Bo Shadden presented a report on the 2019 summer programs.
  • Programs were offered through the Dobyns-Bennett High School CTE Department in partnership with Northeast State Community College.
  • Opportunities for students included health science clinicals, experiences in certified logistics, unmanned aircraft systems, Google G Suite certification, landscaping, automotive, welding, and cosmetology.
  • Students were also able to serve as instructional technology interns over the summer months.
  • Click below to view Dr. Shadden's full presentation.


KCS Chief Student Services Officer Mr. Jim Nash presented an agreement for renewal between KCS and Camelot Care Centers, Inc.
  • The proposed agreement outlines mental health and counseling services provided by Camelot for the 2019-20 school year.
  • By providing needed counseling services at schools, significant benefits can be provided to KCS students without disruption to the education process.
  • Through the agreement, Camelot will provide children and adolescent behavior health services to students at Cora Cox Academy and all eight KCS elementary schools.
    • As a point of reference, mental health services for middle and high school students are provided by Frontier Health.
  • After review and discussion, the Board approved the agreement by a vote of 5-0.
KCS Chief Finance Officer Mr. David Frye presented a recommendation to approve a bid for the replacement of the roof at Robinson Middle School.
  • The low bid, submitted by Davis Brothers Roofing and Sheet Metal Fabricators, would cover the needed replacement of the current roof.
  • The roof work would begin shortly and be completed by the fall.
  • Funding for the project totaling $1,004,700 (including a 6% contingency) has previously been approved by the Board.
  • The Board approved the bid by a vote of 5-0.

Other ITEMS 

Board President Mrs. Carrie Upshaw reviewed the list of BOE committee assignments for the 2019-20 school year.
  • In addition to serving during Board meetings, Board members provide leadership in a variety of areas related to educational, communication, and community engagement.
  • Click below to view the full list of committee leadership assignments for this year.
The next meeting of the Board of Education will be a work session on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at 6 p.m.  The work session will take place in the Tennessee Room of the Administrative Support Center (400 Clinchfield Street).
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