KINGSPORT — Kingsport City Schools didn’t win the SCORE Prize, but Superintendent Lyle Ailshie says he firmly believes KCS is a “shining example” of a school system and simply the best in Tennessee.
In a letter to parents and families of students sent Wednesday via email, Ailshie called the week a “bittersweet” one.
SCORE, the State Collaborative on Reforming Education, gave out awards to what it judged to be the Tennessee elementary, middle, and high schools and school district that have improved student achievement most dramatically. Kingsport was a finalist in the school district category at the third annual SCORE awards ceremony Monday night in Nashville.
“This has certainly been a bittersweet week, as we both celebrated the great work that is occurring in Kingsport City Schools during the 2013 LEAD Education Conference in Nashville and also found out that we were not the winner of the 2013 Tennessee SCORE Prize,” Ailshie wrote. “KCS was asked to present on multiple topics at this important state-level conference, as the educational community across Tennessee was anxious to find out more about what we are doing in Kingsport to generate such fantastic results.
“However, it is obviously disappointing to not be named the district winner of the Tennessee SCORE Prize, especially knowing all of the great and transformative work being done in our classrooms each day. I am convinced that the efforts being made by our students and teachers are deserving of the award, and I challenge any other district in Tennessee to match the quality and caliber of our people and work.
“It is that knowledge that gives me great joy and satisfaction. I couldn’t be more proud of the work we are doing and the people involved with Kingsport City Schools. We are blessed to live and work in a community where everyone, including students, parents, community partners, and staff, believes in the commitment to becoming world class. The SCORE Prize process has allowed us the opportunity to recognize and highlight all of the fantastic things being done across our system and it is a truly staggering collection of accomplishments.”
Finalists for the SCORE Prize for school systems were Greeneville, where Ailshie was superintendent before being hired by Kingsport, and the winner, Trousdale County schools in West Tennessee.
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