BOE/BMA Joint Work Session Notes - March 10, 2020

The Kingsport City Schools Board of Education and the Kingsport Board of Mayor and Aldermen held a joint work session on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 to discuss facility planning for the district, including:
  • A historical review of facility planning that has taken place over the past few years, including a summary of the recommendations made in the facilities study that was completed in 2015;
  • A review of an upcoming Request for Qualifications regarding future facilities work to occur; and
  • Discussions regarding the potential path forward regarding educational facilities in Kingsport.
Detailed Work Session Notes
The work session began with a historical review of the KCS facility planning process that has taken place.
  • A facilities study was led during 2014-15 by a nationally-recognized educational planning firm, De-JONG-RICHTER, based in Columbus, OH.
  • The presentation outlined what took place throughout the study, the individuals and groups that were involved, and the final report recommendations.  Click below to view the full presentation.
    • To view the full collection of information related to the study, click here to access the KCS web portal hosting all study materials.
    • During the course of discussions, both boards reviewed a memo from Cooperative Strategies (formerly DeJONG-RICHTER), which explained the major components of the study's Phase One and that completion of all potential phases of the original long-range facilities plan were not required to make Phase One a viable solution.  Click below to view the memo from Cooperative Strategies. 
    • The Boards discussed that completion of Phase One would not be dependent on any future facilities actions.  Any potential Phases Two and Three (as described in the 2014-15 long-range plan) would not be a part of any considerations in completing Phase One, if they would ever be considered at all.
  • In the coming weeks, KCS will initiate a Request for Qualifications in consideration of an architect to determine the scope of work needed to complete Phase One and generate potential cost estimates.
    • The Boards will utilize this information to determine how to best proceed regarding facilities improvements.
The next regular meeting of the Board of Education took place immediately following the joint work session, on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.  The meeting took place in the Tennessee Room of the Administrative Support Center (400 Clinchfield Street).
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Audio from Work Session