BOE Called Meeting Notes - May 10, 2022

The Kingsport City Schools Board of Education held a called meeting on Tuesday, May 10, 2022.  Two items were discussed, including:
  • Approval of a change order related to the lighting improvements at J. Fred Johnson Stadium; and
  • Board approval of the 2022-23 Kingsport City Schools Budget.
Meeting Audio

business items

David Frye, Chief Finance Officer, reviewed a change order related to lighting improvements at Dobyns-Bennett High School's J. Fred Johnson Stadium.
  • The change order is for the inclusion of up-lighting on nine light poles at a total cost of $90,000, which was originally identified as an alternate to the lighting project.  
  • The up-lighting would be added to the previously approved lighting improvement project and would be funded by donated funds.
  • After review, the Board voted 5-0 to approve the change order to include the up-lights.
Mr. Frye presented the 2022-23 Kingsport City Schools Budget for review and approval.
  • If approved, the proposed budget must go before the City of Kingsport Board of Mayor and Aldermen for final approval.
  • Major components of the proposed budget include:
    • Estimated General Purpose Revenues/Expenses:  $86,045,100 
    • Proposed General Purpose expenditures of note include:
      • Salary increases for classified and certified employees.
      • Added personnel positions.
      • Anticipated increases in health insurance, classified retirement, substitute pay, and other personnel costs.
      • Other curriculum & instruction, technology, maintenance, transportation, ECLC/SACC, and debt service costs.
      • **Click below to view the full Budget presentation with more detailed revenue/expense information.
    • Total Proposed Budget Summary:
      • General Purpose School Fund: $86,045,100
      • School Nutrition Fund: $3,817,600
      • Federal Projects Fund: $5,116,761
      • School Special Projects Fund: $1,061,700
      • Total All School Funds: $96,041,161
    • Salary improvements in the proposed 2022-23 Budget (**which are pending, until the Budget is approved by the City of Kingsport Board of Mayor and Aldermen) include:
      • Regular/Planned step increases:
        • For classified employees, a step equals 2%. 
        • For certified employees, the exact % varies depending on the employee's specific step number.
      • Classified employees cost-of-living increase:  5% (this is in addition to the 5% previously approved during the Spring 2022 semester).
      • Certified employees cost-of-living increase:  3% (the full 3% proposal is dependent on the City taking over the cost of the full-time school resource officers, which is currently funded by Kingsport City Schools).
      • New substitute teacher pay rates:
        • $85 a day for all substitute teachers (regardless of degree/licensure).
        • $110 a day for retired teachers (KCS and non-KCS retired teachers).
        • $200 a day for interim teachers (up from $185 a day).
  • After review and discussion, the Board approved the proposed Budget by a vote of 5-0.
  • The approved Budget will now go to the City of Kingsport Board of Mayor and Aldermen for final approval.
The next meeting of the Board of Education will be a regular meeting on Tuesday, June 14, 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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