BOE Called Meeting and Work Session Notes - September 24, 2020

The Kingsport City Schools Board of Education held a called meeting and work session on Thursday, September 24, 2020. Several key items were discussed, including:
  • The purchase of additional space in the Press Building;
  • A Fiscal Year 2019-20 fourth quarter financial report;
  • A report on KCS maintenance and custodial efforts; and
  • A report regarding KCS technology.
Called Meeting and Work Session Audio
Detailed Called Meeting Notes
David Frye, Chief Fiance Officer, presented a proposal to consider the purchase of a portion of the remaining space in the Press Building.
  • The space is currently owned by Cayenne Rental Properties, GP, which is the same owners with which KCS currently has a lease agreement for the D-B EXCEL location.
  • The proposed agreement discussed this evening would include buying out the current lease on the DBE space, as well as purchasing a portion of available space on the 3rd floor of the Press Building.
  • Full details of the proposed purchase can be found in the documents below, but to summarize:
    • KCS would purchase approximately 11,769 sq. ft. of additional space (a mix of partially-finished and unfinished) at a cost of $454,390 and buy out the existing lease on the current DBE space.  This would be done at an interest rate that of approximately half of what is being paid on the current DBE space.
    • The purchase would be accomplished by staying within the current amount budgeted for the DBE lease due to the decreased interest rate and by extending the payoff time from its current 11 years to a total of 13 years. 
  • After discussion and consideration, the board approved the purchase by a vote of 5-0.
Detailed Work Session Notes
Mr. Frye presented a financial update for the last quarter of Fiscal Year 2019-2020.
  • The update outlines a summary of revenues and expenditures, as well as the current state of the KCS Fund Balance.
  • To view the full update, click below.
David Sewell, Supervisor of Maintenance and Custodial Services, presented a review of the recent work done by the KCS maintenance and custodial staff across the district.
  • Since January 1, 2020, staff have completed over 3,000 work orders.
  • Major projects of focus have include replacement of the Robinson Middle School roof, replacement of the Dobyns-Bennett High School cafeteria serving lines, ADA-compliant improvements (access and parking) at the Dobyns-Bennett track, and multiple other facility improvements and repairs across the district.
  • Click below to view the full presentation, including photos of work that's been accomplished.
Dr. Tony Robinson, Chief Technology Officer, provided an update on technology being used across the district.
  • The report reviewed multiple technology projects that have been completed to support both student and staff utilization:
  • Updates were also provided regarding completed E-Rate projects, the KCS 1:1 program, and future technology goals and projects.
  • Click below to view the full report from tonight's work session.
The next meeting of the Board of Education will on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at 6 p.m.  The meetings will take place in the Tennessee Room of the Administrative Support Center (400 Clinchfield Street).
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