KINGSPORT — Leaders, teachers, parents, and students of Kingsport City Schools, selected as one of the best three public school districts in Tennessee for growth in student achievement, will be in Nashville on Monday, Oct. 28.
That’s where they hope to win top honors in the school district category at the SCORE Prize event.
Likewise, officials from Mount Carmel and McPheeters Bend elementary schools in the adjoining Hawkins County school system and their supporters will be on hand, hoping one of their schools wins the top honor in the elementary school category.
If permission is granted by the Tennessee Department of Education, the Mount Carmel school has permission from the Hawkins school board to close Oct. 28-29 so about 40 faculty and staff can attend the ceremony. McPheeters Bend plans to have about five representatives attend but is not closing, and KCS schools will also operate on a normal schedule Monday and Tuesday.
The awards are $10,000 to each elementary, middle and high school winner and $25,000 to the district winner.
Kingsport will be competing with Greeneville and Trousdale County schools, while the other elementary school in the running is Norman Smith Elementary in the Clarksville-Montgomery County School District. No local systems are in the middle or high school finals.
Sponsored by the State Collaborative on Reforming Education, the SCORE prize is for Tennessee public schools and districts that have made the greatest gains in student achievement. The prize will be awarded during an event that begins at 6 p.m., Oct. 28, at Laura Turner Concert Hall, Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville.
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