Kingsport school board approves $88.7 million budget

Rick Wagner • May 7, 2019 at 11:00 PM

KINGSPORT — The proposed 2019-20 Kingsport City Schools general purpose budget of nearly $78.4 million received unanimous school board approval Tuesday night. The board also approved a low bid of more than $350,000 for paving the lower parking lot of Dobyns-Bennett High School, although both votes will have to be confirmed by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen later this month before becoming official.

The balanced budget, approved 4-0 at a special called meeting with Board of Education Vice President Todd Golden absent, included a general fund of $78,386,400. When added to the self-supporting School Nutrition Budget, Federal Projects and School Special Projects the total comes to $88,722,141. The budget is about $1.6 million higher in revenues than the 2018-19 budget.

Another 4-0 vote was to spend $352,044 from fund balance to allow for repairs to the lower D-B parking lot adjoining Fort Henry Drive. Glass Machinery and Excavation got the bid. The project is planned to coincide with updates to the upper parking lot, which will be completed as a part of the Science and Technology Center construction project. The parking lot improvements are to run from the last week of May through July 12, ending before the start of Fun Fest.

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