BOE Meeting Notes - May 3, 2022

The Kingsport City Schools Board of Education held its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, May 3, 2022.  Several key items were discussed, including:
  • Recognition of Dobyns-Bennett High School All-State Band members;
  • Recognition of the Dobyns-Bennett High School Winter Guard;
  • Approval of Spring 2022 End-of-Course grade calculations;
  • Approval of 2021-22 Budget Amendment #5;
  • Approval of a revised Board policy regarding open enrollment; and
  • The 3rd Quarter KCS Financial Update.
Meeting Audio
Detailed Meeting Notes


The Pledge of Allegiance was led this evening by Everlee and Hadlee Gibson, 2nd grade students at Jefferson Elementary School.  Everlee and Hadlee are the twin daughters of Michael and Whitney Gibson.


Board member Melissa Woods recognized members of the Dobyns-Bennett High School Band who received All-State Band status this school year.  Those students are:
  • Josh Adedokun
  • Ben Allen
  • Andrea Burdge
  • Caroline Caveness
  • Ryder Fitzgerald
  • Connor Hall
  • Addie Helms
  • Claire Li
  • Katy Faye Lyttle
  • Micah Maynard
  • Sam Perdue
  • Kyah Powers
  • Isaac Whitson
  • Tori Wright
Board member Todd Golden recognized the Dobyns-Bennett High School Winter Guard for their accomplishments during this year's competitions.
  • The winter guard concluded their season at the Winter Guard International (WGI) World Championships in Dayton, Ohio on April 7-8, 2022.
    • In the initial round competing against 96 other high schools from around the country, D-B placed 10th with a score of 90.83. Fifty-six high schools then progressed to the semifinal round, where the D-B Winter Guard placed 8th with a score of 93.455 (which was their highest score of the season).
    • In WGI finals performance (the first time D-B has progressed to finals in history), the winter guard placed 7th with a score of 92.675.
  • Winter Guard members include:
    • Ben Bellamy
    • Rebecca Carter
    • Shelby Carter
    • Skylar Carter
    • Sophia Daley
    • Karlie DeFord
    • Maecy deNobriga
    • Reagan Doner
    • Lydia Garrett
    • Madi Howe
    • Emma Kimbler
    • Kylie Lewis
    • Zoë Payne
    • Erika Pierce
    • Sydney Pressley
    • Karaline Quillin
    • Maddie Stewart
    • Lyndie Williams

business items

Dr. Rhonda Stringham, Assistant Superintendent - Instruction, presented a proposal regarding the use of End-of-Course (EOC) scores in the calculation of students' final semester grades.
  • Dr. Stringham proposed that, per KCS Policy, the Board approve including the high school block (EOC) exam score in students' final semester grade with a weight of 15 percent for the Spring 2022 semester, if the inclusion results in a higher final letter grade for the student in that course and if the scores are received on time.  
    • If approved, KCS would utilize the cube-root methodology for calculating quick score percentages in determining the weighting of EOC scores in a student's final grade.  
    • If the inclusion of the EOC exam score resulted in the same or a lower final letter grade for the student, it would not be included in the Spring 2022 semester grade calculation.
  • After discussion and review, the Board approved the proposal by a vote of 5-0.
Dr. Andy True, Assistant Superintendent - Administration, presented one Board policy for revision.
  • Per a change in Tennessee state law, Policy 6.206 - Open Enrollment was presented for revision.
    • In 2021, the Tennessee General Assembly passed Public Chapter 479, which goes into effect for the
      2022-23 school year. The change in TCA requires districts to make changes to their open
      enrollment policies and practices. Districts must identify each school that has space to serve
      additional students, post the number of space available for enrollment at least 14 days prior to the
      open enrollment period, conduct an open enrollment period of at least 30 days before the start of the
      school year, and conduct a lottery to select the students who will be chosen to transfer if the number
      of applicants for transfer exceeds the number of spaces available. TSBA model policy wording has
      been incorporated into the existing KCS Board Policy to reflect such requirements.
  • After review, the Board approved the Policy revision by a vote of 5-0.
David Frye, Chief Finance Officer, presented Budget Amendment #5 for review and approval.
  • The Budget Amendment addressed items such as capital items, donations, miscellaneous transfers, federal projects, school special projects, and capital projects. 
  • Click below for the full review/description of the proposed budget amendment.
  • After review, the Board approved Budget Amendment #5 by a vote of 5-0.


Mr. Frye presented the 3rd Quarter Financial Update for Fiscal Year 2021-2022.
  • Overall, KCS expenditures were roughly 68 percent of budget, which is in-line for this time of year. 
  • The full update reviewed revenues, expenditures, and detailed totals regarding the 2021-2022 budget.
  • Click below to view the full 3rd Quarter Financial Update.
The next meeting of the Board of Education will be a called meeting on Tuesday, May 10, 2022 at 4 p.m.  The called meeting will take place in the Tennessee Room of the Administrative Support Center (400 Clinchfield Street).
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