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Kingsport schools identify five goals for near and long term

November 8th, 2013 11:18 pm by Rick Wagner

Kingsport schools identify five goals for near and long term

KINGSPORT — School leaders have approved the Kingsport City Schools strategic plan for 2013-14.

The plan, approved 4-0 with one absent at Thursday night’s Board of Education meeting, identifies five system goals as well as the targets used to monitor progress toward goal achievement.

The BOE went over the strategic plan in detail during its Oct. 25 retreat, but the draft was tweaked to divide goals into one-year, short-term targets and long-term targets.

Superintendent Lyle Ailshie said the goals and targets set the bar high but that they are designed to move the system forward.

The goals and examples are as follows: 

• Goal One: KCS will deliver world-class curriculum and instruction.

Targets include increasing Advanced Placement participation to 325 or more students at Dobyns-Bennett High School this year, with a long-term goal of 75 percent or more of D-B graduates enrolling in postsecondary education in the fall after graduation.

• Goal Two: KCS will provide committed and innovative educators.

That includes short-term goals of having 70 percent or more of teachers scoring a 4 or 5 on the 1-5 teacher effectiveness scores in 2013-14, and maintaining a ranking in the top five systems in the state on salary. In the long term it includes doubling the percentage of ethnically and/or geographically diverse teachers by 2015-16 and ranking in the top five in average salary/health insurance by 2014-15.

• Goal Three: KCS will furnish safe, appropriate, and well-maintained facilities that support teaching and learning.

Targets include all KCS schools scoring 90 percent or higher satisfactory ratings on the buildings and groups maintenance survey in 2013-14, with long-term targets including all schools participating in a table top exercise by the end of 2014-15.

• Goal Four: KCS will ensure business operations effectively support teaching and learning.

Short-term targets there include meeting an 80 percent satisfaction rating on new software applications used to minimize lag times in an accounting software system 

• Goal Five: KCS will engage families and the community.

Short-term targets in this category include all KCS schools completing one community service project during the 2013-14 school year and all schools hosting at least four family engagement activities for 2013-14.

Goals four and five listed no long-range targets.

A detailed rundown of the goals and all the targets is available at the KCS website,, by clicking on the icon for the Thursday BOE meeting and then clicking more information on that agenda item.

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