New superintendent's contract up for a vote Monday

Rick Wagner • Jan 21, 2018 at 8:00 PM

KINGSPORT — The city school board is set to approve an employment contract for a new superintendent, mark School Board Appreciation Week and hold a work session, all Monday.

The Kingsport Board of Education is to meet in called session at 6 p.m. to approve the contract for Jeff Moorhouse, Greeneville City Schools superintendent, whose last day there is Feb. 1 and will be available to Kingsport City Schools a day later. The meeting will be in the Tennessee Room at the KCS Administrative Support Center, 400 Clinchfield St.

After the meeting, the board is to hold its regular work session, which would normally be held Tuesday. The session will include a book presentation relating to School Board Appreciation Week Jan. 21-27, as declared by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam. 


Without a recent early release from Greeneville’s school board, Moorhouse 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 the help of consultant Wayne Qualls, a former Tennessee commissioner of education.

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.


KCS is joining the Tennessee School Boards Association (TSBA) and all public school districts across the state to celebrate the week and honoring local board members for their commitment to children. KCS board members are: President Susan Lodal; Vice President Karen Reed-Wright; immediate past President Eric Hyche; Todd Golden; and Carrie Upshaw.

"Our school system provides an exceptional education to students in our community in preparation to being productive citizens and life-changing contributors to society,” interim Superintendent Dwain Arnold said.


Arnold said the seven key ways school boards raise student achievement are:

Creating a vision for what the community wants the school district to be and for making student achievement the top priority.

Establishing standards for what students will be expected to learn and be able to do.

Ensuring progress is measured to be certain the district’s goals are achieved and students are learning at expected levels.

Being accountable for their decisions and actions by continually tracking and reporting results.

Creating a safe, orderly climate where teachers can teach and students can learn.

Forming partnerships with others in the community to solve common problems. 

Focusing attention on the need for continuous improvement by questioning, refining and revising issues related to student achievement.




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