Kingsport school leaders to vote on new superintendent's contract Jan. 22

Rick Wagner • Jan 12, 2018 at 11:00 AM

KINGSPORT — A new superintendent for Kingsport City Schools is set to have his employment contract approved later this month.

The five-member Board of Education will hold a special called meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 22 to vote on a contract for current Greeneville Director of Schools Jeff Moorhouse. The meeting will take place in the Tennessee Room at the KCS Administrative Support Center, 400 Clinchfield St. All BOE meetings are open to the public.

Tennessee law allows such contracts to be as long as four years.

The BOE work session originally scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 23 has been rescheduled and will take place immediately following the called meeting Jan. 22.

BOE President Susan Lodal has negotiated the draft contract with help from a group and said the pay, expenses and other benefits would become public at the meeting.

The BOE in a called meeting available on a Facebook Live video on the Kingsport Times News Facebook Page voted Dec. 18 to hire Moorhouse and to authorize contract negotiations. Lodal said she has invited Moorhouse to the meeting and expects he will attend.

Moorhouse would be the permanent replacement for Lyle Ailshie, who in 2012 was hired from the same position Moorhouse holds in Greeneville. Ailshie left KCS in August of 2017 to become a deputy commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Education, but he, his wife and youngest daughter still live in Kingsport. Dwain Arnold is serving as interim superintendent.

Under Moorhouse’s contract with Greeneville City Schools, he has to give a 90-day notice. Lodal said that would put his start in Kingsport in late March or early April, although she said that it could be sooner if the Greeneville school board releases him from his contract early.

A 1987 Johnson County High School honors graduate with a 1991 bachelor’s degree from Milligan College, Moorehouse earned a master of arts in teaching from East Tennessee State University in 1992 and a doctorate in educational leadership from ETSU in 2002.

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