KINGSPORT — The city’s school board got its first look at a draft request for proposals (RFP) on a school facilities study during a daylong retreat Friday.
During the work session, the Kingsport Board of Education also agreed by consensus to withdraw offers made over the summer to assume operation of Sullivan County’s Colonial Heights Middle School — once targeted for possible closure by the county school board — and to take over the day-to-day operation of Innovation Academy, a city-county joint grades 6-8 STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) program.
The facilities study, discussed during a joint BOE and Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting earlier this month, is to gather information on city middle and high schools, Sullivan middle and high schools in the western end of the county, and selected city elementary schools.
The RFP would rank the schools on a scale of 1 to 5, one being poor and 5 excellent, on a variety of criteria still being hammered out.
Aside from looking at the basic conditions of the facilities, from roofing to HVAC and electrical service to general building condition, BOE members asked that safety upgrades, the presence or lack of technology upgrades and condition of desks and furnishings also be considered, as well as energy efficiency and how “green” the buildings are.Read more in Saturday's print edition of the Times-News or in the expanded electronic edition.