BOE Meeting Notes - June 14, 2022

The Kingsport City Schools Board of Education held its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, June 14, 2022.  Several key items were discussed, including:
  • Consideration of an adjustment to the employment contract of the Superintendent;
  • Recognition of Dobyns-Bennett High School strength and conditioning coaches and for D-B being named a National High School Strength Coaches Association Program of Excellence;
  • Approval of an upgrade to KCS video surveillance camera equipment;
  • Approval to authorize a blanket textbook order;
  • Approval of an agreement for an enrollment and facilities study; 
  • Organization of the Board for the 2022-23 year; and
  • Approval of the required annual Differentiated Pay Plan submittal to the State.
Meeting Audio
Detailed Meeting Notes


The Pledge of Allegiance was led this evening by Kylee Jobe and Blain Warner.  Kylee and Blain are rising 6th graders at Robinson Middle School.  

Consideration of Superintendent Contract Adjustment

At the beginning of tonight's meeting, the Board considered an adjustment to the employment contract of Superintendent Dr. Jeff Moorhouse.
  • Kingsport City Attorney Bart Rowlett was available to answer questions regarding the contract.
  • Two adjustments were suggested:  Removing the phrase "with at least six (6) years of employment by the Board as superintendent" in sections regarding superintendent health insurance on retirement and lump sum payment upon retirement.
    • After review and discussion by the Board, both adjustments were approved by a vote of 3-2.


Board member Dr. Brandon Fletcher recognized Dobyns-Bennett High School strength and conditioning coaches Zack Fleming and Danielle Luethke and Dobyns-Bennett for being recognized as a National High School Strength Coaches Association (NHSSCA) Program of Excellence for the 2022-2025 period.  
  • The honor recognizes high school strength and conditioning programs that operate at the highest level of professionalism.  
  • To earn the honor, D-B has displayed excellence in safety, quality, efficacy, outreach, and highlighting.  Excellence has been displayed in continuing education and technology usage in the Strength and Conditioning program.  
  • After recognizing a need for more extensive program development, D-B coaches began working with the entire athletic department in 2015.
  • Dobyns-Bennett will be honored at the NHSSCA National Conference in Nashville on June 24-25, 2022.   

business items

David Frye, Chief Finance Officer, presented a recommendation to upgrade camera server and camera equipment at Robinson Middle School.
  • The proposed upgrades provide improvements in the always ongoing efforts to upgrade safety across the district.  The recommended proposal would replace servers and surveillance cameras at Robinson Middle School.
  • Of four bids received for the project, the recommendation was to enter into a contract with Central Technologies, Inc. (base bid and alternate #1) for a total amount of approximately $249,144.87.  Funding for the project would come from the School Security/Technology Upgrades Project and FY22 Safe Schools Funds. 
  • After review, the Board approved the proposal by a vote of 5-0.
Mr. Frye presented a proposal for the Board to authorize a blanket order for textbooks for the 2022-23 school year.
  • As the official State of Tennessee school book depository/distributor, the agreement with the Tennessee Book Company would authorize a blanket order of textbooks in the amount of up to $270,600.00.
  • The majority of the district's textbooks come from this distributor.  Funding for FY 2022-2023 textbook purchases will come from various textbook budget accounts.
  • After review and discussion, the Board approved the agreement by a vote of 5-0.
Mr. Frye and Dr. Andy True, Assistant Superintendent - Administration, presented a proposed agreement for an enrollment and facilities study to be performed throughout KCS.
  • The proposed agreement with Cain Rash West Architects, Inc. (CRW) is for architectural services for an enrollment and feasibility assessment for Kingsport City Schools for an amount not to exceed $124,000.00.  
  • Services to be provided are enrollment projections by school of attendance, enrollment projects by boundary of residence, student potential analysis, facilities master planning, and facilities condition assessment.  CRW will work in conjunction with Cooperative Strategies, LLC on this endeavor.   
  • This study had been previously requested during a work study discussion involving the Board and the City of Kingsport Board of Mayor and Aldermen to assist in both short and long-term planning.
  • After review, the Board voted 5-0 to approve the agreement.
Jim Welch, Board President, announced the results of the election of Board officers for the 2022-23 year.
  • Melissa Woods was elected President of the Board for the coming year.
  • Todd Golden was elected Vice President of the Board for the coming year.
Jennifer Guthrie, Chief Human Resource Officer, reviewed the proposed 2022-23 Differentiated Pay Plan with the Board.
  • The Differentiated Pay Plan is required to be submitted annually to the state and describes the pay elements available to the district regarding areas such as hard-to-staff hires, additional instructional roles and responsibilities, and minority recruitment and retention.
  • After review and discussion, the Board approved the annual differentiated pay plan by a vote of 5-0.
The next meeting of the Board of Education will be a work session on Tuesday, June 28, 2022 at 6 p.m.  The work session will take place in the Tennessee Room of the Administrative Support Center (400 Clinchfield Street).
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