Deadline Jan. 2: Kingsport schools seeking input on middle school names, mascot and colors

Rick Wagner • Dec 28, 2017 at 9:00 PM

KINGSPORT — With the construction of Dobyns-Bennett High School’s new Regional Science and Technology Center getting underway in January, the city school system is looking forward to another area of change: middle schools.

The system wants your input on school names, colors and mascots for those facilities, but the time to take the survey will run out just after 2018 begins.

“In the coming years, Kingsport City Schools will be transitioning through the next phase of our long-term facilities plan, which includes purchasing and utilizing the current Sullivan North High School as a KCS middle school,” states the introduction to an online survey, which can be reached via a link on the school system’s website, k12k.com/. “KCS students will make the move as early as Fall 2021, when the current Sullivan North facility and Ross N. Robinson Middle School serve as the two KCS middle schools. Work is already underway regarding any potential school rezoning, transportation and facilities transitioning.”

Assistant Superintendent of Administration Andy True said KCS is seeking community feedback on the long-term term naming and branding of the two middle schools. He said the plan is for the survey to remain live until the morning of Jan. 2.

“Please use this survey to provide your opinions regarding these issues,” the survey introduction says. “The information you provide will be reviewed and considered by the individuals and working groups tasked with making recommendations about these items.”

The 11-part survey asks about the name, mascot and colors of the schools both facilities. Sevier has the Warriors mascot and colors of red and while, while Robinson has the Redskins mascot and colors of Carolina blue and white. According to KCS policy, elementary schools must be named for deceased presidents while middle and high schools must be named for individuals who have made outstanding contributions to education or local, state or national government.

The current plan calls for Jackson Elementary to close, True said, with students in that zone and possibly another to be shifted to the current Sevier facility once it is reconfigured to an elementary school. That will follow the opening of North as a middle school in the fall of 2021. Longer-range tentative plans, not yet finalized, include the closure of more elementary schools and a possible new middle school in the MeadowView area to replace Robinson Middle.


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