The Kingsport City Schools Board of Education held its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, December 8, 2020. Several key items were discussed, including:
- A report on the Jackson Elementary School Leader in Me Lighthouse review;
- Recognition of the student artist who created this year's KCS Christmas card;
- Approval of an agreement regarding an optional health transportation benefit for employees;
- Approval of an agreement regarding digital ticketing for winter and spring athletic events;
- A quarterly financial report; and
- A review of the 2021-22 KCS Budget process and timeline.
Tonight's meeting began with an appreciation and a moment of silence to honor Mrs. Carrie Upshaw, who passed away on Sunday, December 6th. Mrs. Upshaw was a three-term member of the Board, having served since 2009. She also served as Board President for five of her 12 years on the Board. Mrs. Upshaw's contributions to the Board were numerous, having provided leadership on major projects such as the creation of D-B EXCEL, the development of the Dobyns-Bennett High School Science and Technology Center, and the construction of the KCS Administrative Support Center. She was a member of the Tennessee School Boards Association (TSBA) All Tennessee School Board, was a Level IV board member, and was an active participant in conferences and public school advocacy at both the state and national level. Her long history of service to the children, families, and employees of Kingsport also includes holding the role of PTA president at both Washington Elementary and John Sevier Middle School.
The Board also recognized former teacher, former Board member, and KCS Hall of Fame educator Lib Dudney, who passed away on December 1st. Ms. Dudney retired from KCS in 1985 after serving as a science teacher at both Sevier and Dobyns-Bennett. She was elected to the Kingsport Board of Education in 1985 and served as Board president from 1991-1993. During her retirement, she was vital in leading efforts to build the D-B Alumni Fieldhouse. Ms. Dudney was elected to the KCS Hall of Fame in 2016.