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County, city leaders gather to study maximization of education resources

September 26th, 2013 10:10 pm by Rick Wagner

County, city leaders gather to study maximization of education resources

BLOUNTVILLE — A group of elected and appointed officials is on board for a fact-finding mission on public K-12 education in Sullivan County, Kingsport and Bristol, Tenn., a task that will be followed by recommendations for change.

A couple of facts some members of the group would like to know are why no elected Kingsport or Bristol school board member or elected city leader showed up for the inaugural meeting, and what can be done to get them involved.

“If you have another meeting, we will be here, and I hope additional folks will,” county Board of Education Chairman Dan Wells said at Thursday night’s gathering of the group.

The group, an outgrowth of the Sullivan County Commission’s Education Committee, is looking for ways to maximize resources for quality, countywide K-12 education.

But group interim Chairman Pat Shull, a county commissioner and former Kingsport Board of Mayor and Alderman member, said it is too early to propose consolidating school systems, forming special school districts or seeking a legislative mandate that each county would receive funding for only one public school system — which were among the ideas bantered about during an almost two-hour meeting at Northeast State Community College.

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