BOE Meeting Notes - April 3, 2018

The Kingsport City Schools Board of Education held its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, April 3, 2018. Several key items were discussed, including:
  • An overview of the 2018 KCS STREAM camps to be held this summer;
  • Recognition of a Sevier Middle School student for her award-winning writing in a recent high school journalism competition;
  • Recognition of Dobyns-Bennett High School choral group Armonia and individual group members for their recent awarding-winning performance in a prestigious national A Cappella competition;
  • Recognition of four D-B students who attended the 2018 SCOPE conference;
  • Recognition of Dr. Cindy Bellamy for being named TCSS Outstanding Elementary Teacher of the Year; 
  • Recognition of the 2018 building-level and district-level KCS Teachers of the Year;
  • Consideration and approval of textbooks for 2018-19 from the state's Section C textbook adoption list; 
  • Consideration and approval of a bid to replace the roof at Johnson Elementary School;
  • Consideration and approval of a professional services agreement for evaluation of CTE program curriculum alignment and related post-secondary programs at D-B; and
  • Consideration and approval of new and revised Board policies.  
Tonight's reports and recognitions were broadcast live on the KCS Facebook Page! Click here to view the video from tonight's meeting.
Meeting Audio
Detailed Meeting Notes


The Pledge of Allegiance was led this evening by Robinson Middle School 6th grade student Ruthie Cinnamon. Ruthie is the daughter of Brian and Rachel Cinnamon.  


2018 KCS STREAM Camp Coordinators Mrs. Leila Hubbard (Sevier Middle School Associate Principal and coordinator for the middle school camps), Mrs. Sue Trent (Washington Elementary School Associate Principal and coordinator of the elementary school camps), and Dr. Philip Wright (Roosevelt Elementary School Associate Principal and coordinator for the high school camp) provided an overview of the upcoming summer STREAM camps, including their purpose, partnerships, and learning experiences.
  • The purpose of the STREAM camps is to spark an interest in STREAM (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) through hands-on, project-based learning in the areas of science, digital media, engineering, environmental exploration, and exploration of the arts.
  • KCS has partnered with STREAMWORKS, RCAM, Bays Mountain Park and Planetarium, Domtar, Eastman, Ecological Energy Systems, Keep Kingsport Beautiful and the Kingsport landfill, and LEARNing Landscapes for the 2018 camps. 
  • Learning experiences will include, but are not limited to, underwater robotics, building a solar display, coding, and design using recycled materials.
  • Click here for more information on all KCS-related summer camp offerings, including the KCS STREAM camps.


Board member Mr. Eric Hyche recognized John Sevier Middle School 7th grader Ella Miller for winning first place in the Tennessee High School Press Association's (THSPA) Awards Day for Best News Story (Newspaper/Newsmagazine).  
  • Ella is the daughter of Steve Miller and Margaret Calcott.
  • The Sequoyah Scribe, under the leadership of sponsor Mr. David Flanary, is an extracurricular journalism program that produces a student-written, student-designed, and student-led newspaper, website, and broadcast.
  • The Sequoyah Scribe has a history of excellence in journalism and consistently has student journalists placing in national and international competitions against other school newspapers, including high school newspapers.
  • Three other Sevier students also won awards during the Awards Day celebration.  Patrick Galloway won 2nd place for Best Editorial, Micah Maynard won third place for Best Review, and Laura Murphy won 3rd place for Best Sports Story. 
  • The THSPA provides a forum for students interested in journalism, offers networking opportunities, and promotes excellence in high school student publications.
Board member Mr. Todd Golden recognized members of the Dobyns-Bennett High School a cappella singing group, Armonia, for winning first place in the prestigious Voices of Harmony A Cappella competition in Lexington, KY on March 2-3, 2018.  Elise Rogers won best female vocalist, while Campbell Garver won best male vocalist and best student arranger.
  • Members of Armonia include Paul Adedokun, Jed Ratliff, Braydon Yonts, Evan Bishop, Campbell Garver, Anna Begley, Elise Rogers, Abbie Edwards, Katie Moore, and Kaylee Hubbard.
  • Students in Armonia also sing in the D-B Varsity Choir.  The Varsity Choir was one of twelve choirs across the nation who were selected to perform at the Premiere National Choir Festival in Indianapolis, IN. Both choral groups are led by D-B music teacher Mrs. Jenny Rogers.
Board member Mrs. Carrie Upshaw and D-B Social Studies Teacher and SCOPE Conference sponsor Mr. Jason Clayman recognized four students who recently participated in the Tennessee School Boards Association (TSBA) 2018 Student Conference on Policies in Education (SCOPE) Conference.  
  • Student participants included Karli Ailshie (TSBA Student of the Year), Julian Chastain, Halle Hernandez, and Kevin Loo.  Kevin Loo was elected 1st Vice President for the 2019 SCOPE slate of officers.
  • SCOPE student delegates meet in large and small group sessions, attend mock school board meetings, participate in group debates, and make policy recommendations to the TSBA during this one-day conference. 
  • This year's topics for debate dealt with privacy of student information, corporal punishment, mandatory civics exams, and cyber-bullying.
Board Vice President Dr. Karen Reed-Wright recognized Adams Elementary School teacher Dr. Cindy Bellamy for receiving the Outstanding Elementary Teacher of the Year Award from the Tennessee Council for the Social Studies (TCSS). 
  • Dr. Bellamy teaches fourth grade at Adams and has been with KCS for seven years.
  • TCSS is an association devoted to providing information resources and support for all involved in social studies education, including K-12 teachers, supervisors of instruction, and college professors.
Board President Mrs. Susan Lodal, Chief Academic Officer - Elementary Dr. Dwain Arnold, and Chief Academic Officer - Secondary Dr. Brian Cinnamon recognized KCS building-level Teachers of the Year and announced the three selected as 2018 KCS Teacher of the Year.
  • Building-level winners for grades Pre-K - 4 are:
    • Jayson Arnold, 3rd grade, Washington Elementary
    • Carrie Conkin, 4th grade, Johnson Elementary
    • Randy Elam, Pre-K, Roosevelt Elementary
    • Ami Frye, 4th grade, Jefferson Elementary 
    • Whitney Gibson, 2nd grade, Jackson Elementary
    • Sarah Hall, Pre-K, Palmer Center
    • Patti Smith, 1st grade, Lincoln Elementary 
  • Building-level winners for grades 5-8 are:
    • Jeff Frye, 7th grade Social Studies, Robinson MS
    • Leslie Hardin, 7th and 8th grade English Language Arts, Sevier MS
    • Erica Johnson, 7th grade English Language Arts, Robinson MS 
    • John Mallick, 8th grade Social Studies, Sevier MS
    • Peter Joseph (PJ) Ryan IV, 5th grade, Kennedy Elementary
    • Amanda Senn, 5th grade, Adams Elementary
  • Building level winners for grades 9-12 are:
    • Allison Berry, English, Dobyns-Bennett HS
    • Carmen Brooks, English, Dobyns-Bennett HS
    • Luke Douthat, Science, Dobyns-Bennett HS
    • Jana Engle, World Language, Dobyns-Bennett HS
    • Melissa Fields, English, Dobyns-Bennett HS
    • Sara Shaffer, Digital Arts, D-B EXCEL 
    • Elizabeth Wilkins, World Language, Dobyns-Bennett HS
  • The 2018 District-level Teachers of the Year for Kingsport City Schools are:
    • Ami Frye, 4th grade teacher at Jefferson Elementary 
    • Erica Johnson, 7th grade English Language Arts teacher at Robinson Middle School; and 
    • Sara Shaffer, Digital Arts teacher at D-B EXCEL 


Supervisor of Federal Programs Dr. Lamar Smith and Dr. Cinnamon reviewed information regarding textbook adoption for Section C in the disciplines of Science, Physical Education/Wellness, Fine Arts, Art, and A/V Technology & Communications for the 2018-19 school year.
  • Blanket adoption of the Section C cycle will allow Dobyns-Bennett flexibility in assessing textbook needs for courses throughout the entire cycle.
  • After review and consideration, the Board voted 5-0 to approve blanket adoption textbooks from Section C on First Reading.
Chief Finance Officer Mr. David Frye reviewed bids submitted for the Johnson Elementary School roof replacement project.
  • Four bids were received, with the low bid from Davis Brothers Roofing in the amount of $599,400.
  • Architect fees ($19,500) and a 6% contingency ($35,964) bring the the total project cost to $654,864.  Mr. Jim Wright is the architect on record for this project.
  • Funding for the roofing project is available from FY 2017 and FY 2018 bond funds.  This will deplete the bond funds for FY 2017 and leave a balance in FY 2018 account of $301,319.
  • After review and consideration, the Board voted 4-0 (with one abstention) to award the bid for the Johnson Elementary School roof replacement project to Davis Brothers Roofing in the amount of $599,400, and an established contingency of $35,964.
Mr. Frye reviewed a proposed professional services agreement with Mr. Joe T. Wood for evaluation of Dobyns-Bennett's Career and Technical program curriculum alignment and early post-secondary program development, for an amount not to exceed $4,500. 
  • Services shall include, but are not limited to, creating multiple pathways and delivery models for personalized student learning, providing online career awareness resources, and coordinating with local post-secondary education institutions to expand opportunities for students.  Planning, preparation, delivery, and travel are included in the contracted amount.
  • Services shall be provided prior to May 1, 2018.
  • After review and consideration, the Board voted 5-0 to approve the professional services agreement in an amount not to exceed $4,500 to Mr. Joe T. Wood for services related to CTE and post-secondary programming.
Board member Mr. Todd Golden and Assistant Superintendent - Administration Mr. Andy True reviewed new and revised policies in Section 6 - Students for Board consideration on First Reading.  Policies presented were:
  • Policy 6.300 - Code of Conduct is an existing policy revised to comply with state law regarding a specific dress code requirement's inclusion in policy. 
  • Policy 6.319 - Alternative School Programs is a new policy to comply with state law which aligns with State Board of Education Policy 2.302 Alternative Education Programs.
  • Policy 6.405 - Medications is a new policy to comply with state law which requires that Boards adopt a policy on administering adrenal insufficiency medication.
After review and consideration, the Board voted 5-0 to approve each policy on First Reading.  The new policies (6.319 and 6.405) will now be considered on Second and Final Reading at the May Board meeting.  Other policies in Section 6 - Students (policies 6.200 - 6.407) were affirmed with no changes on tonight's meeting Consent Agenda as part of the Board's biennial policy review.
The next meeting of the Board of Education will be a Work Session on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 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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