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The 2015 Summer Camps, Activities and Learning Opportunities list includes, Dobyns-Bennett High School sport camps, middle and high school band camps, community camps and educational opportunities offered through Kingsport City Schools and community organizations. Information is updated upon receipt.

The Kingsport Board of Education is made up of five elected at-large, non-partisan members. Each member serves a four-year staggered term. Elections are held in May during odd numbered years. New Board of Education members are seated on July 1 of each election year.

The board meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays each month, with regular monthly meetings on the first Thursday at 7 p.m. and work sessions held the third Tuesday at 6 p.m. located in the Tennessee Room at the KCS Administrative Support Center, 400 Clinchfield Street, third floor, downtown Kingsport. The meeting includes a public comment period on agenda items. Take note, this year some meetings/work sessions needed to take place on a Tuesday. Please see full meeting schedule details below on the right side of your screen under BOE Information.

To address the board concerning an issue not included in the board's regular agenda, you must submit a written request to the Superintendent of Schools at least three business days prior to the scheduled board meeting. At the discretion of the Superintendent of Schools and the Board of Education President, your concern will be placed on the agenda or addressed privately at an appointed time.
  Board of Education Members  

Carrie Upshaw
BOE President


Carrie Upshaw was first elected to the BOE in 2009 and is currently serving in her second four-year term on the Board.  She was elected to her first term as Board president in 2013.

Mrs. Upshaw has lived in the Tri-Cities area most of her life, graduating from Sullivan East High School and earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

She worked as a contract engineer until 1990.  Following the birth of her children, she became active as a community volunteer and held many PTSA offices, including President at Washington Elementary School and John Sevier Middle School.

Mrs. Upshaw is the Senior Adult Director at First Baptist Church in Kingsport where she is also the pianist.

Mrs. Upshaw and her husband Mike have two children, a daughter in graduate school at UTK and a son at MTSU. Both children attended Kingsport City Schools from kindergarten through graduation, and Mrs. Upshaw is still an active volunteer in several programs. 

Susan Lodal
BOE Vice-President


Susan Lodal was first elected to the BOE in 2003 and is currently serving in her third four-year term on the Board.  She was elected Board vice-president in 2013.

Mrs. Lodal is a native of Indianapolis, Indiana and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology from Purdue University.

While serving on the Board, Mrs. Lodal has received numerous awards and honors, including the 2014 Tennessee School Boards Association (TSBA) Scholars Circle Award, 2013 Ambassadors for Education Certified, Master, Diamond and Platinum Level Awards, and currently serves as the 2015 President of the TSBA (Treasurer 2012, Vice President 2013, President-Elect 2014).  She received the National School Boards Association Distinguished Service Award (2007, 2010, 2012), the 2010 C. Hal Henard Distinguished Service Award, and was named to the All Tennessee School Board by the TSBA in 2010.

She has served as the chairperson of the Tennessee Legislative Network and member-at-large of the TSBA Board of Directors (2007-2008) as well as being a member of the Legislative Affairs Committee of the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce. Mrs. Lodal is a Master (Level V) School Board Member, the highest designation bestowed by the TSBA.

Mrs. Lodal volunteers as a tutor in two elementary schools and is an active member of the Waverly Road Presbyterian Church food pantry.  Prior to running for the Board, she was the Director of Children’s Ministries at Waverly Road for 13 years and active in school PTSAs for over 16 years.  She is the current past chairperson of the Hunger Taskforce of the United Way of Greater Kingsport.

Mrs. Lodal and her husband Peter have lived in Kingsport since 1977 and have three grown children, all graduating from Kingsport City Schools.

Dr. Randall Montgomery
BOE Immediate Past President


Dr. Randall Montgomery was first elected to the BOE in 2003 and is currently serving in his third four-year term on the Board.

Dr. Montgomery is a native of Kingsport, graduating from Dobyns-Bennett High School.  He attended the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and earned a Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree from the University of Tennessee, Memphis.

During his time on the Board, Dr. Montgomery has been named to the All Tennessee School Board (2012) by the Tennessee School Boards Association (TSBA).

He has practiced dentistry in Kingsport since 1987.

Dr. Montgomery is a member of First Broad Street United Methodist Church, National Ski Patrol, and is a graduate of Leadership Kingsport.

Dr. Montgomery and his wife Amy reside in Kingsport and have one son in Kingsport City Schools.

Todd Golden
BOE Member


Todd Golden was appointed to the BOE in 2014 to complete a term of service due to a Board member resignation.

Mr. Golden has called Kingsport home for 17 years.  A native of Albany, Georgia, he attended Brigham Young University - Idaho, studying business development and completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Technical Sales from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah.

After completing college, Mr. Golden worked for Hewlett-Packard in the Bay Area of California as a territory sales manager and was promoted to be the corporate trainer for the southeastern U.S. and Puerto Rico.  It was during this time that he elected to move to Kingsport, TN.  He has been an integral part in establishing and executing the annual Day of Service in the Tri-Cities, taught classes at the Kingsport Renaissance Center on business development and Spanish, served as a volunteer, full-time Christian mission in Columbia for two years, and speaks fluent Spanish.

Mr. Golden and his wife Melissa have five children, two pre-schoolers and three of that attend Kingsport City Schools.
Eric Hyche
BOE Member


Eric Hyche was appointed to the BOE in 2014 to complete a term of service due to a Board member resignation.

Mr. Hyche is a native of Kingsport, graduating as the valedictorian of Sullivan Central High School in 1983.  He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering from Tennessee Tech University, where he was the 1987 Derryberry Award winner.

After completing college, Mr. Hyche married Angie Duncan, another Kingsport native, and relocated to Atlanta, GA, where he obtained a Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech University and worked for NCR and Iterated Systems.  In 1998, Mr. and Mrs. Hyche moved back to Kingsport and began working remotely for Seattle-based RealNetworks.  In April 2013, he joined the technical staff at Groupon, where he currently develops software for their iPhone and iPad apps.  Mr. Hyche is a past president of the Preston Forest Community Association and a deacon at Northeast Church of Christ.  He also enjoys writing software for personal projects, reading, bicycling, and acting in community theater productions.

Mr. Hyche and his wife Angie have two daughters, including a junior at Auburn University and senior at Dobyns-Bennett.

  BOE Information  

BOE Radio Interviews


Board of Education Meetings (Thursday at 7 p.m.) and Work Sessions  (Tuesday at 6 p.m.) are located in the Tennessee Room on the third floor of your Administrative Support Center
(400 Clinchfield Street, Kingsport)

KCS BOE Meeting Schedule Dates:

Board of Education
Policy Manual

(Updated Nov. 2014)
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