BOE Meeting Notes - December 10, 2019

The Kingsport City Schools Board of Education held its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, December 10, 2019.  Several key items were discussed, including:
  • A student report on activities taking place at Kennedy Elementary School;
  • Recognition of several KCS students for achievements in visual arts, writing and reporting, and academics;
  • Review of a budget amendment and potential property purchase by the district; and
  • A review of the upcoming 2020-21 KCS Budget development process and timeline.
Meeting Audio
Detailed Meeting Notes


The Pledge of Allegiance was led this evening by three students from John Adams Elementary School.
  • Kennedy, Reese, and Logan Hatcher led those in attendance in saying the Pledge.  
  • Kennedy is in 5th grade, Reese is in 3rd grade, and Logan is a kindergartner at Adams.

Community Interest Report

Student ambassadors from Kennedy Elementary presented a report on a wide range of activities taking place at Kennedy.
  • The Kennedy Ambassadors not only share in the leadership of activities and programs at Kennedy, but also communicate information to the community about what is taking place.
  • Activities include opportunities such as after-school clubs, a talent show, implementation of the HOWL student expectations, the Kennedy Dribblers, and Kennedy Kudos, where student accomplishments are recognized.
  • Click below to view the full student report.


Several students were presented to the Board this evening for special recognition.
  • Karma DiGiaimo, a 1st grader at Jackson Elementary, was honored by Superintendent Dr. Jeff Moorhouse for designing and creating the artwork selected for the 2019 KCS Christmas Card. 
    • Karma is in Mrs. Paige Trent's art class at Jackson.
    • Karma received a framed copy of her card design to celebrate her honor.
  • Board member Julie Byers recognized members of the Sevier Middle School student newspaper, The Sequoyah Scribe, for winning the 2019 Pacemaker Award.
    • The Sequoyah Scribe was the only middle school in the United States to receive this honor, essentially designating it as the top middle school newspaper in the country.  
    • This is the second time the Sequoyah Scribe has won the award, having been named a finalist in 2014, 2017, 2018, and 2019.
  • Mrs. Byers also recognized D-B freshman Olivia Fleming for her work with the Scribe last year.  She won the national 2nd place "Story of the Year" honor for her piece "Vaping Becomes a Dangerous Trend Among Teens."
  • Board President Carrie Upshaw recognized D-B senior Kendrick Tate for earning the top score of 36 on the ACT assessment.
    • On average, less than 0.1% of all students that take the ACT earn a perfect score of 36.
    • This is the third D-B student this year to earn a perfect ACT score.

business items

KCS Chief Finance Officer David Frye presented two related business items to the Board for review and approval.
  • Budget Amendment #2 was presented to appropriate $120,000 from the KCS Unreserved Fund Balance to fund a property purchase at 1613 Park Street.
  • Mr. Frye also presented a proposal to formally approve the Park Street property purchase, which is adjacent to the parking lot on the corner of East Center Street and Park Street.
    • Over the past several years, KCS has purchased properties on the east side of Park Street as they have become available.
    • Such purchases provide an increased footprint of usable space for current and future KCS usage adjacent to Indian Highland Park.
  • After review and discussion, the Board elected to move further consideration of the budget amendment and recommended purchase of the property at 1613 Park Street to its January business meeting.


Mr. Frye presented the process and timeline for the upcoming 2020-21 KCS Budget development.
  • Taking place over the winter, the timeline outlines the steps that will be taken to fully identify priorities and establish the proposed Budget for Board approval.
  • It is expected that a draft Budget will be presented to the Board for review at its April work session, with formal BOE review at the May, 2020 business meeting.
  • The Budget would then move to the City of Kingsport Board of Mayor and Aldermen for review and approval in May, 2020.
The next regular meeting of the Board of Education will be on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 6 p.m.  The board meeting will take place in the Tennessee Room of the Administrative Support Center (400 Clinchfield Street).  Please note that there is no Board Work Session in December.
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