Three of four Sullivan County school board seats up for grabs may be contested. A former director of schools, former principal and central office employee, a frequent public commenter and a former Kingsport alderman candidate are among those who have picked up qualifying petitions.
Bluff City Middle School, Holston Valley Middle, the old Holston Institute/Holston High School and the Holston High ball fields were declared surplus, but the approval vote on Bluff City was split 4-3.
Mother of three at three different county schools upset with mid-school year change; school officials say they are addressing issues, including a change in the starting and ending time at Sullivan East Middle School starting Monday.
Sullivan County school officials discuss moving forward with West Ridge High School, not looking back to division over the decision to build the school.
West Ridge High School is scheduled to be complete in time for the start of the 2021-2022 school year.
School board Vice Chairman Randall Jones made successful motion at Thursday’s board meeting to use money that had gone to retire energy efficiency bonds, which are paid off, to fund the raises.
The county school board June 6 also is to consider awarding a contract to livestream its regular meetings.
Opponent Matthew Spivey says the ESAs, although limited to students in poorly performing schools, are an unwise use of public money for private educations.
Sullivan County’s school board is set to vote Tuesday on a resolution opposing proposed Tennessee Educational Savings Accounts, or ESAs, under consideration by the General Assembly — legislation that board member Matthew Spivey said is simply another name for vouchers.
In an at times terse discussion, Sullivan County commissioners debated asking the Sullivan County Board of Education to halt work of West Ridge High School’s construction until the BOE can prove they have the money to finish both that school and the new middle school in the East zone.
The Board also went on the record against director retention legislation, and received negative public feedback on airborne mold testing.
Should the top position in a local school system — director or superintendent — be won in a political race or filled by locally-elected school boards through a hiring and contract process?
Members Mark Ireson and Paul Robinson voted against the update, which the other five board members approved. The vote makes it clear the board has not current plans to close Indian Springs Elementary.
Wayne Qualls, the same consultant who helped find recent Kingsport and Hawkins County school system heads, is a former Tennessee commissioner of education who is to charge $6,000 for the search.
Sullivan County Board of Education members are to decide Thursday between two basic directions in the search for a new director of schools — using either the Tennessee School Boards Association or consultant Wayne Qualls. The board will meet 6:30 p.m. in the first-floor meeting room of the health and education building in Blountville.