Moorhouse available to be Kingsport superintendent Feb. 2

Rick Wagner • Updated Jan 16, 2018 at 11:42 AM

KINGSPORT — Jeff Moorhouse is poised to become the ninth permanent superintendent of Kingsport City Schools sooner rather than later.

The Greeneville school board Thursday night voted to release Moorhouse from his contract early, meaning his last day there will be Feb. 1 and his first day with Kingsport City Schools could be Feb. 2, according to a Friday article in the Greeneville Sun. The article indicated the earlier departure make it easier to get Moorhouse on the Kingsport system’s health insurance quickly.

The Kingsport school board has set a called meeting for 6 p.m. Jan. 22 for the sole purpose of considering a proposed contract for Moorhouse, who without the early release from Greeneville would have been unable to join Kingsport City Schools until late March or early April. The Kingsport board on Dec. 18, in a meeting viewable on a Facebook Live video on the Kingsport Times News Facebook page, voted to pursue negotiations with Moorhouse, who was located with help of consultant Wayne Qualls, a former Tennessee commission of education, and his TEAMS  Inc. or Tennessee Education and Management Services.

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

He will be the second former Greeneville superintendent to head the Kingsport school system. The first was Lyle Ailshie, who joined Kingsport City Schools in March of 2012 and left in August of 2017 to become a deputy commissioner of education with the Tennessee Department of Education in Nashville, although Ailshie and some family still live in Kingsport. Dwain Arnold is the interim superintendent, the same job he held between the retirement of seventh KCS Superintendent Richard Kitzmiller and the hiring of Ailshie, who became the eighth in 2012. 

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