BOE Work Session Notes - August 23, 2016

The Kingsport City Schools Board of Education held a work session on Tuesday, August 23, 2016. Several key items were discussed, including:
  • A report from the 2016 summer Administrative Work Retreat,
  • An update on the 2016-17 Insight KCS program, and
  • A report on the 2016 graduating class of Dobyns-Bennett High School and D-B EXCEL.
Regular Work Session Audio
Detailed Work Session Notes
Mr. Mike Fulkerson, Principal of Jefferson Elementary School, and Dr. Janice Irvin, Principal of Kennedy Elementary School, reported on the Administrative Work Retreat which was held on June 28-30, 2016.
  • This annual event provides an opportunity for KCS leadership to have dedicated time to work collaboratively on planning for the next school year.
  • The 2016 retreat addressed four pillars of staff & student support, including the Curriculum & Instruction Vision, addressing Low SES/Minority Students, Communications & Human Capital, and Collective Commitments.
  • Strengths-based leadership was a focus for this retreat with all in attendance identifying their core strengths in the areas of executing, influencing, relationship building, and strategic thinking.
  • The results of the retreat included extensive planning and direction for the 2016-17 school year.
Mr. Andy True, Assistant Superintendent - Administration, presented a parent interest report on Insight KCS, an initiative that "provides opportunities for stakeholders and potential advocates from various sectors of the Kingsport Community to study the full scope of instructional programs and operations of Kingsport City Schools."
  • Insight KCS is taught in six day-long sessions from September through March and reviews all aspects of KCS operations including a KCS overview, Teaching & Learning, KCS Vision, School Facilities & Operations, HR/Finance, and Student Services & Community Engagement.
  • Participants are selected based on having an interest in serving as an advocate for KCS, demonstrated commitment to KCS and the Kingsport community, and recognized leadership ability.
  • Tuition for Insight KCS is $100 which covers meals at each session, training materials, and KCS logo items.
  • Insight KCS won the 2015 Award for Excellence in Education Programs from the Tennessee School Boards Association (TSBA).
Dr. Chris Hampton, Principal of Dobyns-Bennett High School, and Mrs. Shanna Hensley, Principal of D-B EXCEL, provided a report on the 2016 D-B graduating class.
  • There were 519 graduates in the class of 2016, awarded a total of $12 million in scholarships and grants.  
  • The class of graduates included eight National Merit semi-finalists, six National Merit commended students, three Presidential Scholar semi-finalists, and 70 students with GPA's exceeding 4.0.
  • It also included 71 AP Scholars, 12 AP National Scholars, two students with a perfect ACT score of 36, and 40 students with ACT scores of 30 or higher.  
  • Graduates in this class earned 3,881 hours of college credit; 2,102 from AP courses, 954 from Dual Enrollment courses, 462 from CTE Articulated Credits, and 363 from State Dual Enrollment courses.
  • A total of 808 AP exams were taken, a 40% increase from the 576 exams taken in 2015.  Seventy-one percent of completed AP exams resulted in a score of 3 or better, as opposed to the national average of 60%.
  • Results of the Senior Exit Survey were also shared.  This survey is administered online by LifeTrack Services, Inc. of Clarkston, WA.
    • Nearly 62% of 2016 graduates planned to attend a 4-year college/university, while nearly 32% planned to attend a 2-year program.
    • More than 96% of all D-B graduates feel adequately prepared to transition to college or the workplace.
The next regular meeting of the Board of Education will be on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 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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