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Sullivan County BOE members want Kingsport to join in wider schools study

December 6th, 2013 11:50 pm by Rick Wagner

Sullivan County BOE members  want Kingsport  to join in wider schools study

BLOUNTVILLE — At least two Sullivan County school board members would like Kingsport leaders to join the county in a comprehensive school study of demographics, facilities and programs.

The Kingsport BOE and Board of Mayor and Aldermen have offered to participate in a facilities condition portion of the study.

The city would fund 100 percent of basic facilities condition studies of selected city schools and half the cost of facilities condition reports for county schools in the city’s urban growth boundary — which are targeted for potential annexation.

Kingsport Superintendent Lyle Ailshie communicated the city’s offer in a letter to Sullivan Director of Schools Jubal Yennie.

The county school board is to interview four applicants in January, two Jan. 9 and two Jan. 14. The latter interviews will be followed by a Jan. 14 work session, and that will be followed by a called Jan. 15 meeting where the BOE will choose a consultant with which to negotiate a contract.

During a county BOE work session Wednesday afternoon, Yennie said he would draft a reply to Ailshie’s letter saying the county was interested in the city’s offer but could not make a decision on it until after the four interviews are done and cost estimates are brought forward.

County BOE Vice Chairman Jack Bales and board member Robyn Ivester said they would like to see Kingsport consider expanding its involvement to include all three phases, demographics, facilities and programs, to come up with a comprehensive plan on which both systems could collaborate.

For an expanded version of this article, please see Saturday's print edition or our expanded electronic edition.

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