2022-23 Board of Education Meeting/Work Session Notes » BOE Work Session Notes - July 26, 2022

BOE Work Session Notes - July 26, 2022

The Kingsport City Schools Board of Education held a work session on Tuesday, July 26, 2022. Several key items were discussed, including:
  • A report regarding school safety efforts;
  • A review of Board policies to be considered at the August Board meeting;
  • A discussion regarding the KCS dress code; and
  • A report regarding school funding.
Work Session Audio
Detailed Work Session Notes
Mr. Jim Nash, Chief Student Services Officer opened tonight's work session with a report on KCS safety efforts. 
  • The review focused on the processes used by KCS to prioritize safety and security in schools, including the work of the KCS Safety Task Force.
    • The Safety Task Force is a group that meets in an ongoing fashion and reviews KCS, local, and national safety issues and incidents with a continual improvement focus.  The group includes KCS administrators and staff, local law enforcement and first-responders, and a variety of safety/health experts.  
Dr. Andy True, Assistant Superintendent - Administration, reviewed several new and revised policies recommended for Board approval on first reading at the August Board of Education meeting. 
  • 1.805 - Use of Electronic Mail (email) (revised)
  • 1.806 - Advertising and Distribution of Materials in the Schools (new)
  • 6.304 - Student Discrimination, Harassment, Bullying, Cyber-bullying and Intimidation (revised)
  • 6.318 - Admission of Suspended or Expelled Students (new) 
  • 6.319 - Alternative School Programs (revised)
The Board discussed the current KCS Dress Code, which included information from Dr. Moorhouse, Dr. True, and Dr. Chris Hampton, principal of Dobyns-Bennett High School.
  • A discussion took place regarding the current Dress Code, including opinions as to what is and could be included.  To hear the full discussion, click the audio link above.
  • It is expected that future discussion will take place concerning next steps with the KCS Dress Code.
Mr. David Frye, Chief Finance Officer, provide a report on school funding.
  • The report reviewed the current funding provided by the Sullivan County tax rate, including how decreases to the County's school tax rate in previous years have negatively impacted the amount of funding received by Kingsport City Schools (applicable since Kingsport City residents also pay Sullivan County taxes, and as such, receive a percentage of County funds allocated to schools).
The next meeting of the Board of Education will be on Tuesday, August 9, 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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