Kingsport City Schools' call for social media support on budget funding brings strong response

Rick Wagner • Jun 8, 2014 at 9:23 PM

KINGSPORT — Can Facebook likes, Tweets and emails influence increased local government funding levels for education?

That remains to be seen, but city school officials said they are pleased with the public's continuing response to a call for the Board of Mayor and Aldermen to give more financial support to the school system.

The BMA so far has not given any additional funding to the school system in its first-reading budget approved Tuesday, June 3, although the system sought $775,000 in additional operational money and $750,000 for new computers.

Final BMA budget approval is set for June 17.

A draft school budget, set to be approved at a possible called meeting June 19, would be whittled down to fit the city budget parameters set Tuesday by cutting all the computers and reducing the number of new teaching positions from 10.5 to three.

From 9:11 a.m. Monday through 10:50 a.m. Wednesday, communications editor Marybeth McLain said that a call via email and social media asking people to indicate support for KCS or "Support KCS" drew 422 emails indicating support with 22 more with support and comments or copies of emails sent to city BMA officials.

For an expanded version of this article, please see Monday's print edition or our expanded electronic edition.

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