KINGSPORT — The Tennessee School Boards Association (TSBA) has set Jan. 27 through Feb. 2 as School Board Appreciation Week in Tennessee. This is a time to build awareness and understanding of the vital function an elected board of education plays in the community.
Kingsport City Schools will join all public school districts across the state to celebrate School Board Appreciation Week, honoring local board members for their commitment to children.
“Kingsport is blessed to have such dedicated individuals who understand the correlation between education, quality of life and economic development; those three factors are a powerful combination,” said Superintendent Dr. Ailshie. “It takes strong schools to build a strong community, and these men and women devote countless hours making sure our schools are helping every child learn at a higher level,” Ailshie said. “They make the tough decisions and spend countless hours educating themselves on impact issues and regulations in order to provide the kind of accountability our citizens expect.”
Ailshie said the key work of school boards is to raise student achievement by:
• 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 sure 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 students can learn and teachers can teach.
• 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.
“School board members give the Kingsport citizens a voice in education decision making. Even though we make a special effort to show our appreciation during this week, their contribution is a year-round commitment,” said Ailshie.
The members serving Kingsport City Schools are Dr. Randall Montgomery, BOE president, Carrie Upshaw, BOE vice president, Susan Lodal, Betsy Cooper and Andy King.
The board holds its monthly meeting on the first Thursday of each month, and a work session on the third Thursdays. The meeting includes a public comment period on agenda items.
The next scheduled BOE meeting is at 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 7 in the third-floor Tennessee Room at the KCS Administrative Support Center, 400 Clinchfield St., downtown Kingsport.