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Behind the scenes: KCS program to offer glimpse of what it takes to run a school system

July 7th, 2014 12:56 pm by Rick Wagner

Behind the scenes: KCS program to offer glimpse of what it takes to run a school system

KINGSPORT — How tough is it to select a grades K-12 school year calendar for a 7,000-student school system?

How difficult are the logistics of transporting students to and from school? What do school lunches really taste like?

If you'd like to learn firsthand about these intricacies and other ins and outs of the city school system operation, you may get a chance this coming school year.

In a program designed roughly on the Leadership Kingsport model, Kingsport City Schools this fall plans to launch a program called Insight KCS.

Although details are still emerging and the plan remains fluid, KCS Chief Information Officer Andy True said Thursday the plan is to launch the program this fall with three sessions in the fall semester and three in the spring semester.

Each of the six sessions would go roughly from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and participants would spend time in the Administrative Support Center downtown as well as in schools throughout the system and other system buildings and property.

"What we're shooting for here is to give community members a chance to go behind the scenes and see all of what is involved with running the school system, from finance and HR (human resources) to transportation," True said.

Likely activities would include looking at bus transportation and visiting schools, including eating in the school cafeterias.

The program would carry a charge, although he said it would simply be to cover the costs of food, materials and other expenses associated with running the program.

"We're really looking for people who are interested in having a deeper knowledge of what goes into the school system," True said. "They can then take that information out to the comm unity. "

Other details, including the maximum size of the group and the application process, are still being worked out.

The project initially had eight sessions planned but has been streamlined to six, although those haven't been finalized yet.

The original eight were an overview, teaching and learning, vision, HR and finance, facilities and operations, students services and community engagement , student and district operational services and alternate learning.

True said more information about Insight KCS would be shared in the local media, KCS website and on social media as it is available.

Founded in 1983, Leadership Kingsport is a program of the Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce, according to its website.

The program chooses about 30 to 35 area residents each year to participate. Its mission is "to develop leaders who give life to community dreams." Anyone interested in serving the community is encouraged to apply.

For information on that program, go to

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