BOE Work Session Notes - March 22, 2022

The Kingsport City Schools Board of Education held a joint work session with the City of Kingsport Board of Mayor and Aldermen and a work session on Tuesday, March 22, 2022. Several key items were discussed, including:
  • Joint Work Session:
    • A recognition of the Dobyns-Bennett High School Boys Basketball Team for winning the 2022 Tennessee Secondary Schools Athletic Association Class AAAA state championship on March 19, 2022;
    • KCS capital planning;
    • The potential to update the 2015 KCS facilities study; and
    • A request to increase school resource officers in KCS schools.
  • KCS Board of Education Work Session:
    • A report on KCS special education programming;
    • A proposal to consider honors credit criteria for Dobyns-Bennett High School Band students;
    • A review of the proposed new Tennessee Investment in Student Achievement (TISA) funding formula; and
    • Reflections on the previous joint work session with the Kingsport BMA.
Work Session Audio
Joint Work Session Notes
The joint work session began with a recognition honoring the Dobyns-Bennett High School Boys Basketball Team.
  • On Saturday, March 19, 2022, the Boys Basketball Team won the TSSAA Class AAAA state championship in Murfreesboro, TN.
  • D-B defeated Bearden High School 69-60 in overtime to win the state title.
  • The championship was the first boys title for D-B since 1945.
  • The team is led by head coach Chris Poore.
A discussion with the boards took place regarding capital planning, facilities, and school resource officers.
  • KCS administrators Jim Nash (Chief Student Services Officer) and Dr. Andy True (Assistant Superintendent - Administration) presented information to the board regarding the 10-year capital plan, options to update the 2015 KCS facilities study, and the desire to have a school resource officers in all KCS schools.
  • See below to view the information presented to the Boards.
KCS Work Session Notes
Dr. Jacki Wolfe, Director of Special Education, presented a review of SPED services and supports being provided to students with disabilities in the district.
  • The presentation included a variety of information regarding items such as eligibility criteria, services, and how staff provides supports to students.
Dr. Rhonda Stringham, Assistant Superintendent - Instruction, Dr. Brian Cinnamon, Chief Academic Officer - Secondary, and Lafe Cook, Dobyns-Bennett Director of Bands, presented a proposal to consider the issuance of honors credit for band students.
  • Under the proposal, students in 10th, 11th or 12th grade at D-B would be given the opportunity to earn honors credit for their band class (woodwind class, percussion class or brass class).  
  • The honors credit would be offered for students who desire a more rigorous level of musical understanding and performance assessment.
  • Students entering into an honors contract would be expected to meet the content standards, learning expectations, and performance indicators approved by the State Board of Education. 
  • The Board will consider approval of such honors credit at the April business meeting.
Dr. Jeff Moorhouse, Superintendent, presented a review of the proposed Tennessee Investment in Student Achievement (TISA) funding formula.
  • Developed for approval by the Tennessee State Legislature by the Governor's office and the Tennessee Department of Education, the new funding formula would replace the Basic Education Program (BEP), which was originally implemented in 1992.
  • If approved by the State Legislature, the new student-based K-12 funding model would start in the 2023-24 school year. 
  • To view more information about the proposed TISA funding formula, please click the presentation below.
Jim Welch, Board President, led a discussion reviewing tonight's joint work session with the Kingsport Board of Mayor and Aldermen.
  • During the discussion, members of the Board expressed a desire to pursue the data necessary to make the most strategic decisions possible regarding enrollment, facilities, and future zoning.  Staff will work on developing a proposal for consideration at a future board meeting.
The next meeting of the Board of Education will be on Tuesday,  April 5, 2022 at 6 p.m.  The meeting will take place in the Tennessee Room of the Administrative Support Center (400 Clinchfield Street).
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