Kingsport City Schools will undergo a change this week with a new leader taking the helm in just days now.
The Board of Education recently voted to hire Dr. Jeff Moorhouse as their next superintendent.
Moorhouse currently serves as the Director of Schools in Greeneville.
News Channel 11’s Elizabeth Kuebel spoke to the incoming superintendent in his first sit-down interview ahead of his big transition to Kingsport.
Thursday marks Moorhouse’s last day in Greeneville, and he joins the KCS staff for his first day on Friday. It is a day that is bound to be very busy, with plans to start visiting and walking through all of Kingsport’s schools.
Moorhouse says while he’s excited and nervous about the new role, above all else, he feels humbled.
“Initially coming in to the school system, it will be to become educated on the comprehensive plan, the five year plan that they have, the facilities study,” said Dr. Moorhouse as he outlined his priorities. “Where are we in that process and what can I do to advance that program forward.”
He is stepping in to a role with an already busy agenda, with a multi-million dollar county and city school facilities plan now underway. That includes a brand new science and technology center coming to Dobyns-Bennett.
And Moorhouse said the new job wasn’t even on his radar until a KCS consultant reached out.
“I think that when I came to Greeneville I thought this was my last stop and was content with the work that we were doing and was excited about the direction that we’re moving,” said Moorhouse.
Like his predecessor Dr. Lyle Ailshie, Moorhouse, too, comes from Greeneville City Schools.
The connection was not lost on the incoming superintendent.
“While it’s smaller in size and maybe fewer resources, it is a system that has high expectations,” he said.
Dr. Moorhouse made it very clear, this isn’t a ladder climbing move but instead an opportunity to have an impact on even more students in a larger school system.
“I just want to be able to at the end of my career say that I was able to have a positive influence on as many people as possible,” Moorhouse said.
Dr. Moorhouse signed a three year contract with Kingsport City Schools. His first day on the job is this Friday, February 2.
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