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Kingsport seeks study of county, city schools

October 8th, 2013 9:03 pm by Matthew Lane

Kingsport seeks study of county, city schools

KINGSPORT — Before making any decision on the future building needs of Kingsport City Schools, city  leaders want to know more about the condition of the buildings  —  both within Kingsport’s city limits and its urban growth boundary.

And they’re hoping Sullivan County can partner with them in some way.

Kingsport’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen and Board of Education held a 90-minute joint meeting Tuesday evening to kick off a discussion on the best step forward in planning future facility needs within the city school system.

“This is a meeting we wanted to have to be sure the BMA and BOE were on the path forward concerning schools in Kingsport, that’s in the best interest of everyone,” Mayor Dennis Phillips said. “For the city or county to build a school in the wrong place would not be the right thing to do.”

The meeting began with a statistical report from Assistant City Manager Jeff Fleming that gave a breakdown of the number of students zoned for and actually enrolled in all city schools and county schools located within Kingsport’s urban growth boundary.

The enrollment figures were provided by the city and county school systems and were essentially an update to a report done by Fleming and presented to the city and county school boards in 2009.

Read more in the Wednesday print edition of the Times-News or in the expanded electronic edition. 

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