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Kingsport, Sullivan schools agree on facilities study

February 24th, 2014 10:20 pm by Rick Wagner

Kingsport, Sullivan schools agree on facilities study

Robyn Ivester, Dan Wells and Jubal Yennie are shown at joint city-county school board meeting Monday night. Photo by Ned Jilton II.

KINGSPORT — Sullivan County and Kingsport school officials have reached a consensus to do a comprehensive joint facilities study with Dublin, Ohio-based DiJong-Richter, also using local architectural firm Beeson, Lusk & Street.

In the first joint work session of the county and city boards of education in two years, the panels Monday night after dinner at the Domtar Cabin in Colonial Heights indicated that DiJong-Richter and Beeson, Lusk & Street would be their national and local choices, respectively.

The runner-ups were MGT of America, based in Washington state, and local firms Spoden Wilson and Powers Engineering.

MGT and DiJong-Richter had proposed using other local firms and architects but are willing to use the local firm of the two systems’ choice, Sullivan County Director of Schools Jubal Yennie said.

“Our committee felt either one of these (DiJong-Richter or MGT) could do the job,” Kingsport Superintendent Lyle Ailshie said.

The decision, which won’t be official until the March 3 city BOE and March 6 county BOE meetings, would come after both systems put our requests for qualifications for facilities studies.

Ailshie and Yennie said they will recommend at their respective BOE meetings moving forward with negotiations with DiJong-Richter, with the request that the firm use Beeson, Lusk & Street, where veteran school architect Don Solt works, as its local connection.

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