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Kingsport schools may buy American Legion property

CHRISTAN M. THOMAS • Apr 5, 2007 at 11:39 AM

KINGSPORT - Kingsport City Schools hope to soon have a little more space to grow.

"We have been talking to the American Legion for a while about acquiring the property that they're in, and over the last three or four weeks that dialogue has sped up quite a bit," said KCS Director of Finance David Frye.

The Kingsport Board of Education voted at its regular monthly meeting Thursday to ask the city of Kingsport to enter into negotiations with the American Legion for the purchase of their building on Legion Drive. The BOE recommended purchasing the building for a price not to exceed $327,000 - the appraisal amount for the property.

Superintendent Richard Kitzmiller said the school system is looking at using the former health department building on Midland Drive for the Student Services and Technology Departments, while freeing up the American Legion building for student uses.

"My recommendation to the board is that we really look at student uses for the American Legion building because of its proximity (to Dobyns-Bennett High School) and because we know that they are going to need more space at the high school," Kitzmiller said. "I think that there are some excellent student opportunities for that building."

In other business, the BOE approved textbook recommendations - Rigby Literacy for kindergarten through fifth grade and Super QAR Test Wise Students for sixth grade - from the Textbook Adoption Committee on second reading.

The BOE did not hear the previously scheduled architectural report on the new proposed elementary school in the Rock Springs community Thursday. Instead, the board will hold a special called meeting next Thursday, April 12, at 7 p.m. in the D-B Educational Foundation Field House. The special called meeting will address both the architectural report as well as the budget for 2007-2008 school year.

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