BOE Meeting Notes - May 2, 2017

The Kingsport City Schools Board of Education held its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, May 2, 2017. Several key items were discussed, including:
  • A presentation on the BRAVES Club at Jackson Elementary School;
  • A status report on KCS summer STREAM (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts, and Math) camps;
  • Recognition of a Dobyns-Bennett student for being named a semifinalist in the 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program;
  • A report on the recent SCOPE Conference;
  • Consideration of a bid for construction of a parking lot at Indian Highland Park;
  • Consideration of a proposed budget amendment;
  • A financial update for Q3;
  • Consideration of the FY 2017-2018 budget.
Tonight's reports and recognitions were broadcast live on the KCS Facebook Page! Click here to view this video from tonight's meeting.
Meeting Audio
Detailed Meeting Notes


The Pledge of Allegiance was led this evening by Roosevelt Elementary School 5th grade students Alissa Miller and Dawson Stapleton.  Alissa is the daughter of Wesley and Karen Miller.  Dawson is the son of Jackie Stapleton and Sharlene Malone.


Jackson Elementary School teacher Mrs. Caylor Harrison presented a report on the Jackson BRAVES Club, a program supporting young men who are high achieving academically, yet may be lacking in leadership experiences.  BRAVES stands for "Boys Responsible for Achieving a Vigorous Education."  The BRAVES Club is intended to provide these needed leadership experiences and connections so that program participants can recognize their full potential and have expanded opportunities for academic and career success.


KCS STREAM (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts, and Math) Camp Coordinators Mrs. Val Love (Associate Principal, Roosevelt Elementary), Dr. Kelli Seymour (Interim Assistant Principal, Robinson Middle), and Dr. Philip Wright (Associate Principal, Adams Elementary) provided a presentation on STREAM Camps, with assistance by 6th grade Robinson student Nick Love.  The presentation included a review of the purpose of STREAM Camp, along with an explanation of partnerships and activities that will take place during this summer's camp offerings.
  • The purpose of these camps is to spark interest in STREAM learning through hands-on, project-based education in the areas of science, digital media, engineering, environmental exploration, and the arts.
  • Week-long camps are offered to students in grades 2-12 in June.
  • Community partners include, but are not limited to, Bays Mountain, Domtar, Eastman, and Johnson Hilliard. 


Board President Mr. Eric Hyche recognized D-B senior Chandler Woods for being named as one of 723 semifinalists to advance to the final round of the 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.  Finalists will be selected from this pool of 723 candidates.  Chandler is the son of Jon and Melissa Woods.
  • Established in 1964 by executive order of the President, the program recognizes and honors the nation's most distinguished graduating seniors for their accomplishments in academic success, leadership and service to school and community.
  • Application is by invitation only.  Students are invited to apply based on their scores on the SAT or ACT exam or their nomination by a Chief State School Officer, the year of their graduation from high school, and whether they are U.S. citizens or legal permanent U.S. residents. 
  • Students chosen as U.S. Presidential Scholars receive an expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. in June for National Recognition Weekend featuring various events, enrichment activities and culminating in the presentation of the Presidential Scholars Medallion during a White House sponsored ceremony.  During their visit, Scholars will have access to important national and international figures, including government officials, educators, authors, musicians, scientists and other accomplished individuals.
Board member Mr. Todd Golden and D-B teacher Mr. Jason Clayman recognized students who recently participated in the 2017 Student Congress on Policies in Education (SCOPE) Conference, which was held on Tuesday, March 7, 2017. High school students from across Tennessee gathered in Murfreesboro at the Middle Tennessee State University Student Union Building to discuss current topics in education, and participate in group discussions, activities, and debates.
  • Four Dobyns-Bennett students attended this conference.  Attendees included seniors Zacchae'us Dukes, Ruthie Rogers, and Meaghan Allen, and junior Ben McNabb.


Chief Finance Officer Mr. David Frye reviewed bids for the Indian Highland parking lot project.  Multiple bids were received, ranging in cost from approximately $245,000 - $309,000.  
  • It was recommended to accept the bid, in the amount of $283,764, from Summers-Taylor, Inc. for construction of this parking area.  This bid amount includes construction costs, architect fees, and a 6% contingency.
  • Work on the parking lot should begin as early as May 22 and be completed no later than July 28th.
  • Funding for this project will come from bond funds issued in 2014.
  • After review and consideration, the Board voted 5-0 to accept the bid from Summers-Taylor, Inc. to construct the parking lot for Indian Highland Park.
Mr. Frye reviewed the third quarter financial report and Budget Amendment #6 for Board consideration.  At this point in the fiscal year, overall expenditures are in line with budgeted estimates.  
  • The budget amendment encompasses eight proposed changes to the General Purpose School Fund, as well as changes to the General Project Fund, Federal Projects Fund, and School Special Projects Fund.
  • Changes to the General Purpose School Fund include revised estimates for BEP funds, property taxes, county "pick-up" taxes, and local option sales tax; upgrades or additions to the D-B track facility; transfer of monies to Health Insurance funds; and miscellaneous transfers of funds to meet school-level requests/needs.
  • From the General Project Fund, monies in excess of planned expenditures are recommended to be transferred to help fund D-B track upgrades.
  • Changes to the Federal Projects Fund include revised estimates related to IDEA funding.
  • Changes to the School Special Projects Fund include revised estimates and appropriations regarding the Transition School to Work program, Coordinated School Health, the Family Resource Center, the Homeless Education Program, and the After-School Care program.
  • After review and consideration, the Board voted 5-0 to approve Budget Amendment #6 and the third quarter financial report.
Mr. Frye presented the proposed budget for FY 2017-2018 for Board consideration.
  • State and local funds (BEP, property taxes, pick up taxes, and sales taxes) are all expected to increase during the next fiscal year, while the City of Kingsport has proposed increasing the transfer of funds for operations.
  • Increased revenue from BEP and taxes is expected to be more than $3,720,000.
  • An average salary/step increase of approximately 2% and an average cost of living scale adjustment of an additional 2% is proposed for all employees.  Salary improvements account for over $1.7 million of the proposed budget.
  • New teaching and support staff positions to meet State and federal guidelines based on class size, program improvements, and other regulatory requirements account for an additional  $1.2 million in funding.
  • The total proposed budget for FY 2017-2018 is $86,026,246.  Budget allocation across the four funds is as follows:
    • 89.9% to General Purpose School Funds,
    • 5.1% to School Nutrition Funds.
    • 4.6% to Federal Projects Funds, and
    • 1.4% to School Special Projects funds.
  • After review and consideration, the Board voted to accept the FY 2017-2018 budget by a vote of 5-0.
The next meeting of the Board of Education will be a Work Session on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 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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