City BOE gets maintenance, technology, retreat and policy updates

Rick Wagner • Sep 20, 2017 at 11:35 AM

KINGSPORT — City school board members heard a report Tuesday on the pending replacement of two 50-year-old electrical transformers at Dobyns-Bennett High School and fostering technology in the classroom, as well as updates on the Administrative Retreat and from the Policy Committee.

Bill Shedden, supervisor of maintenance services and custodians for Kingsport City Schools, in his annual facilities and summer maintenance report at the September Board of Education work session, said American Electric Power (AEP) has moved power poles and other electrical equipment on the D-B campus to make it easier to service and because some of them were from when D-B was built starting in 1967. Some equipment there serves most of that area of Kingsport, Shedden said.

Next year, he said, AEP will move two transformers from inside the D-B building footprint, including one below the gym, and replace them with new transformers and attach them to underground power lines for which the school system will pay. Other work done this summer at D-B includes replacement of some asphalt with concrete, paving of the new Indian Highlands Park parking lot, replacement of HVAC units, new steps from the field house to the track up a steep hill and new signs in the Buck Van Huss Dome installed by Express Signs.

Elsewhere in the system, auditorium carpet and the cooling tower were replaced at Johnson Elementary, which also had roof repairs; sound boards were replaced at Sevier Middle; shrubs taken out, flooring replaced and refinished at Jackson Elementary; HVAC preventative maintenance was done systemwide; part of the landscaping border was replaced at Lincoln Elementary and the library painted; and the Administrative Support Center got floor work. Also, Palmer Center got a new roof, Washington Elementary electrical service to its walking trail, Roosevelt Elementary got HVAC unit work, Adams Elementary got an outside spigot and Robinson Middle got new boiler elements.

The board also:

— Heard a report from Instructional Design Specialists Ashley Carter and Alyson Dowda and BOE member Eric Hyche on the International Society of Technology in Education Conference, which they attended June 25-28 in San Antonio, Texas. Carter said information about project-based learning was shared with KCS through Twitter during the conference. Dowda, who called it the best professional learning she has ever had, made a “break out” program on the recent eclipse in which students had to find codes so a NASA space craft could lift off and take images during the eclipse. Hyche said he got information about a new programming option called micro:bit through the BBC and the Smithsonian Telephone Invention Kit, which had students reinvent items they use every day. 

— Got a report on the June 25-27 Administrative Retreat in Gatlinburg, where Sevier Middle Principal Holly Flora and Robinson Middle Interim Principal Jim Wernke said the focus included both horizontal alignment among grade level classes throughout both schools and vertical alignment with elementary and high school.

— Received a report from the Policy Committee, which is recommending three policy changes at the October board meeting: one on school district records because of changes in state law; another to make a policy reflect current school system goals, mission, vision and guiding tenets; and a third to align the student wellness policy with new state law and U.S. Department of Agriculture rules.


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