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Lawsuit: Kingsport, Sullivan school boards, Kingsport BMA violated state Sunshine Law

Matthew Lane • Apr 22, 2013 at 9:41 PM

KINGSPORT — Two Kingsport women have filed a lawsuit against the Kingsport Board of Mayor and Aldermen, Kingsport Board of Education and the Sullivan County Board of Education, claiming the elected officials have held meetings on school consolidation in violation of the Tennessee Open Meetings Act.

Angie Stanley and Monica Comsa filed the lawsuit in Sullivan County Chancery Court on April 19 naming the BMA and two boards of education as the defendants. The lawsuit was filed by Kingsport attorney Larry Roberts.

Earlier this year, Sullivan County Director of Schools Jubal Yennie proposed merging North and South high schools to help address the consolidation issue facing the Sullivan County School system, where some schools are over capacity and others are being underutilized. Yennie’s proposal is aimed to better manage the student population within the county and help reduce operating costs within the system. The move could save the school system up to $4 million.